Copenhagen is no stranger when it comes to art. I was intrigued by Denmark's artsy side. With a wide selection of national galleries and museums, has always been a destination for art lovers. But you don’t have to be a Picasso expert to appreciate the unique designs in every day life of Copenhagen, or to admire the well known sculptures scattered around the city.
Unlike many art museums around the world that compile ample collections within the walls and hallowed halls of enormous and imposing architecture, there is something different about seeing art at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. It feels accessible. And not because it’s small. The permanent collection here is extensive and impressive – one of the largest in Scandinavia.
With over 4,000 pieces from 1945 to the present, mainly painting and sculpture, Louisiana’s collected works represent a broad swath of modern art from artists around the world. Louisiana remains one of the world's most respected exhibition venues. Also, the museum sits by the sea is definitely worth making the extra effort to explore. It was a perfect day out in Denmark.
I actually thought the museum was named Louisiana after the architecture but the truth is that the name Louisiana actually came from the original owner's three wives. They were all called Louise. Interesting coincidence, don’t you think?
美食界有米其林评级，米其林的三星被认为是值得专门为此餐厅计划一次旅行的目的地。如果博物馆界有米其林，我认为丹麦哥本哈根的路易斯安那现代艺术博物馆（Louisiana Museum of Modern Art）一定是三星+。
What makes Louisiana unique is the fact that it is more than just an art museum: it's an escape from the city. The best art museum in Copenhagen is actually not in Copenhagen. But it’s pretty close. I took the train from Copenhagen Central Station toward Helsingor and got off at Humlebaek - the journey was about 35 minutes. Then it was a pleasant 10-minute walk (partly through a forest) to Louisiana Art Museum.
Architecturally, Louisiana is a modernist's dream, designed to link architecture, nature, and art together through Danish modernism. The resulting horizontal layout of the buildings blends perfectly with the surrounding landscape. A few hours is enough to get a real feel of what Louisiana is about, even if you'll never manage to see everything in one visit, and the layout of the museum means you can follow your nose and manage to see each wing in turn.
As I meandered through the seven different wings, I can see, feel, and experience how the museum's natural surroundings influenced the design. It felt like walking through endless corridors and bright white spaces defined by warm wood accents and brass details. Just except here, it’s chock full of major art – with windows to the lovely Danish landscape outside.
The arrangement of Louisiana is such that there is no strict order: the aim is not to represent a chronological or categorised progression. Instead, exhibitions are regularly rearranged into new presentations with the intended effect of constantly providing new perspectives from which to experience the museum's huge collection.
The cool thing about the museum is the way it works with light, specifically the natural light let in from the beautiful oceanside view. The museum is set up on a hill near the shore and uses its interesting architecture (the building is like a large “U”) to complement the pieces. So you have to walk through artwork to get to other exhibitions. You can immerse yourself in the art, walking through it and even sitting on couches or laying on beds under the ceiling,
Louisiana's Sculture Park, while part of the main museum, is an attraction in its own right. It is from the Sculpture Park that the unbeatable location of Lousiana and panoramic view can be best appreciated, as can the design of the buildings and their integration into the wooded slopes of the museum grounds.
One can spend many hours wandering through it without spotting all of the 60 sculptures. Most of the outdoor artworks here at Louisiana were created specifically for this museum in mind.
The organic twisty roots and branches of the surrounding trees present a beautiful dichotomy with the strong angles of the corten steel of this piece. It’s the perfect example of how the landscape at Louisiana is real part of the experience.
The museum is also set on the shoreline which means as well as the sculptures, visitors are subjected to the breathtakingly glorious views of the waters of the Øresund Sound across to Sweden which can be easily glimpsed on the horizon. The views are nearly as inspiring as the art.
Taken as a whole, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a joy to explore. Many artists and poets spend days here nourishing their creative souls with new angles, ideas, and perspectives. Even those who don't think they are art lovers, can easily get lost and lose themselves within the exhibits. What you see from the inside draws you out, and what you see from the outside draws you in. The place can't be rushed. My biggest advice is to slow down, linger and enjoy.
I do plan to go back, someday.
When that day comes, and if you find yourself in Copenhagen and have a spare day, you should go to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art too. It is so amazing in real life, more than photos can capture. If you love modern art, architecture or natural landscape, you should book a trip to Copenhagen specifically to go to the museum. Perhaps I will see you there.