ARoS is the Aarhus arts museum located next to the Music House. It is famous for its large collection of modern art< for its Rainbow observation gallery, and for its main exhibit called simply The Boy. The abbreviation sounds similar to the town’s name. The museum was opened in 1859; it is one of the largest in Denmark. The new modern building was opened quite recently, and the viewing gallery created by Olafur Eliasson was inaugurated in 2011. We decided to redeem our vouchers since we had a few hours free before departure. The entrance ticket costs 120 dkk for adults. Not being great connoisseurs of modern art, we thought it was a good idea to visit the open roof and the enclosed gallery to compare the views as seen by the naked eye and through the reinforced glass in all the colors of the spectrum. One can climb the stairs or use the lift to get to the tenth floor. We walked all around the roof first, enjoying the spectacular panoramic views of the city, the fjords, the cathedral in the distance and lots of lovely buildings with red-tile roofs. We could see the people walking in the gallery too. Then we went up and became part of the never-ending multicolored stream of what looks like cartoon figures from down below. The same views presented through the various bright colors seemed weird, like something straight out of a science fiction movie. Then we took the elevator downstairs to see The Boy, a statue created by Australian artist Ron Mueck in 1999. It was first exhibited at London Eye in 2000, and purchased by ARoS in 2001. The statue of the crouching boy whose features remind one of the Australian aborigines is almost five meters tall; it is extremely realistic, you half expect the young boy to uncoil and spring into action suddenly.

As in all the public places, there are plenty of cafes, souvenir shops and toilets in the museum. The staff are very polite and helpful, ready to answer all the questions and to direct the visitors wherever they wish to go. It is definitely a place to visit regardless of whether you love modern arts or not. Several halls are devoted to The Golden Age with paintings from the previous centuries. The building itself is quite a marvel. It is a good final impression to take back with you from this lovely town.

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