Half an hour by train northwards from Copenhagen Central Station (Hovedbanegården) brings you to Humlebæk and the museum and sculpture park of modern art, Louisiana, which is virtually mirrored in the sea of Øresund.
One of the main attractions this summer is art and architecture from the African continent. The exhibition presents a sensual architectural scenography and numerous installations where visitors can experience architectural space, scale and shape. Belonging and identity are two central themes.
The second main exhibition is devoted to the Scottish artist Peter Doig. He exhibits people and architecture in timeless landscapes in vibrant, glowing colors on large canvases. The artist from Edinburgh mat seem both quirky romantic and ultra-modern, and has received considerable attention internationally.
As always, when visiting Louisiana, the art is just a part of the visit. The museum is constructed in a way so that art, architecture and environment ate closely linked and provide an overall experience. The view across the Øresund is a big bonus.
Louisiana was founded by Knud W. Jensen (1916-2000). He loved arts and culture and loved to watch things grow. This is why the museum for more than 40 years has been built as a work in progress.
Why did Jensen choose to name his museum Louisiana? It’s a funny story. The original villa was named after Jensen’s marriages with no less than three women, all of which bore the name Louise!
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, text and photos: by Tor Kjolberg