Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Louisiana Museum/ Humlebæk, Denmark

Left: Poster for Yoko Ono Exhibition, Right: Henry Moore sculpture, Photography: Marcus Hay
Left: Detail and Right: One of the glass corridors, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Building nestled into hill, Right: Detail of Manoir d'essor/ Dynamic Manor, 1969/82 by Jean Dubuffet
Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Detail of Elevator, Right: Bench, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Alexander Calder sculpture, Right: A Closer Grand Canyon, 1998, David Hockney, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Detail of Gardens, Right: Waterways surround one of the pavilions, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Detail of stairs, Right: Detail in cafe, Arne Jacobsen stools lined up, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Untitled, Fall, 1994-96 by Jennifer Pastor, Right: Per Kirkeby, Bilbilleder/ Car Pictures, 1964
Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Jesus Rafael Soto, The Big Blue, 1964, Right: The Concert Hall, Photography: Marcus Hay

Details of Museum, Photography: Marcus Hay

Details of Museum, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Sculptures by Alberto Giacometti, Painting by Philip Guston, Mirror to S.K, 1960, Right: Sculpture by Giacometti
Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Poul Gernes Target, 1966-68, Right: Sculpture by Miro, Photography: Marcus Hay

The cafe at Louisiana, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Wishing Tree for Yoko Ono's Exhibit, Right: Detail of the grounds, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Detail of my lunch, Right: Detail of the cafe, Photography: Marcus Hay

Details of Museum, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: A.R Penck, Requiem for Waltraud, 1976, Right: Work by Tara Donovan, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Detail of work by Tara Donovan, Right: Detail of Museum, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Detail of Calder Sculpture, Right: Detail of Exterior of Museum, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Details of the grounds, Right: Henri Laurens, Grande Femme Debout a la Draperie, 1928
Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Pillars by Louise Bourgeois, 1947-49, Right: Poul Gernes, Black and White Decorations, 1980
Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: The Gounds, Right: Exterior of Museum, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Detail of stairs in Museum, Right: Oskar Schlemmer, Abstract Figure, Sculpture in the Round G, 1921/23
Photography: Marcus Hay

Could it be said that this is one of the most beautiful places on earth? I could say it might be true! For years people have been telling me to board the train to Louisiana in Copenhagen, Having missed it on my last trips, I now see how important it is to weave into your itinerary if visiting Copenhagen.

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is an art museum located directly on the shore of the Øresund Sound in Humlebæk, north of Copenhagen. It is the most visited art museum in Denmark with an extensive permanent collection of modern and contemporary art, dating from World War II and up until now, as well as a comprehensive programme of special exhibitions, We were lucky to see an retrospective of Yoko Ono who although a New York transplant like me, has an exhibition here that profiles her amazing life and career.

The museum is also acknowledged as a milestone in modern Danish architecture, noted for the synthesis it creates of art, architecture and landscape. It really is amazing the way it folds in and out of the hill and although quite a big museum, you feel as if the blend between indoor/ outdoor and a wrap around feel that is not obvious at first glance.

The name of the museum derives from the first owner of the property, Alexander Brun, who named the villa after his three wives, all named Louise, The museum was created in 1958 by Knud W. Jensen, the owner at the time. He contacted architects Vilhelm Wohlert and Jørgen Bo who spent a few months walking around the property before deciding how a new construction would best fit into the landscape. This study resulted in the first version of the museum consisting of three buildings connected by glass corridors. Since then it has been extended several times until it reached its present circular shape in 1991. The interior and the exterior including the sculpture gardens are magical and breathtakingly beautiful, I loved it so much I went back twice.

The café is great and the fare is amazing, you can eat a traditional Danish lunch with Sweden in the distance over the water via the Calder sculptures, what could be better? 

Check out more at the website for details, The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art 

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