Louisiana, modern art, architecture and nature

There are few people who are more concerned with the pleasant aesthetic than the Danes, their design, art and art architecture are proof of that. Even the literature, an example of this is “Babette’s Guest” a short story written by Karen Blixen. Only a Danish author could have written this book.

Those who have visited Denmark know what I am talking about. – In Louisiana you get a perfect description of the Danish, an exciting museum of modern art in a villa.

The museum was inaugurated in Humlebæk on 14 August 1958. Louisiana is not only a collection of contemporary art, but also an interplay between art, architecture and landscape. With its 592,000 annual visitors, it is one of Denmark’s most visited museums and among the ten most visited tourist attractions.

History is worth bringing, the museum was founded in 1958 by Knud W. Jensen, who acquired the villa with the purpose of establishing a museum of modern art. Jensen was also the museum’s director until his death in 2000. From the very beginning, Jensen’s vision was to create a museum with a soul and where art would meet the audience, not loudly, but as something that communicated directly with the viewer. He emphasized the importance of the need for “supplementary content” that could help bring the environment to life and enrich it.

Louisiana got its name from court huntsman Alexander Brun. He built the villa in 1855. It still forms the main entrance to the museum, which has been expanded several times. The villa’s name is probably inspired by the three women he managed to marry – they were all named Louise! [2] Knud W. Jensen chose to keep the name from its country house.

The collection

Bjarke Ingels group’s project «West 57».

Concert Hall, extension in 1976.
The museum’s collection was originally predominantly Danish modernism, but has since been expanded to modern international art with artists such as Jean Arp, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. The collection counts over 3,500 works. They deal with the time from 1945 until today. The collection contains almost all genres, but the main emphasis is on painting and sculpture. In addition to those mentioned, there are also Alberto Giacometti, Jean Dubuffet, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Henry Moore, Asger Jorn, George Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, Anselm Kiefer and Per Kirkeby.

There are annually between four and six major exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Other activities include films, concerts, orphanages, a café and a museum shop with art books, graphics, posters and designs.

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