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Power 1660-2000
Portrait of Colonel Thomas de Malleville (1742-1798). He was the only Creole governor general of the Danish West Indies (1796-1798). Painting by Andreas P. Brünniche, 1762.

Power 1660-2000

During the period of absolute monarchy in Denmark, the king decided over the lives and deaths of his subjects. With the constitution of 1849, freedom of expression, religious freedom and other rights were granted. However, it took many years before democracy in the modern sense was established.

Selected objects in the museum’s collections provide the basis for stories relating to power. The objects are displayed at the National Museum in the exhibition Stories of Denmark 1660-2000.

More power?

Visit the exhibition Stories of Denmark at the National Museum in Copenhagen.