Opinion

Poul Gernes’s Palads Cinema, Too Much?

A detail of the Poul Gernes painting on the Palads Cinema in Copenhagen (all photos by the author)

Near Arne Jacobsen’s SAS Hotel masterpiece from 1960 and a stone’s throw from the touristic Tivoli Gardens is a peculiar building painted by Danish artist Poul Gernes (1925-1996) in 1989. Labeled as part of his “Decorations” on his website, this multi-colored building is a flash of color in the city.

I’ve been told architects hate it, but I’m more curious what others think about this scream of color in the urbanscape. Yes, it’s garish, sure it’s loud, but really, too much? Just right? Let us know in the poll we’re conducting below.


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