- Location: 5 km. north of Copenhagen, Oresund Sound, Humlebaek, Denmark
- Significance: Museum
- Attraction Type: Modern art, Modern Sculpture, and Painting, Pre-Columbian Art
- Opening Hours: Tuesday — Friday: 11 am — 10 pm
Saturday — Sunday (and other public holidays): 11 am — 6 pm
- Admission Fee: DKK 90, special offers for students, children and groups
- How to Reach: Take motorway E47/ E55 from Copenhagen, or reach by Strandvejen along the Oresund coast. By rail, reach Humlebaek Station from Copenhagen or Helsinger. The museum is about 10 minutes walk from the station.
- Nearest Airport: Copenhagen International Airport
Located forty miles north of Copenhagen, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art has one of the most comprehensive and prestigious art collections from the post-war period to the present times. Although the collection and the exhibitions cover a wide range of styles and genres, the focus is on painting and sculpture. Some of the greatest works of most noted modernist and contemporary artists are on display in this museum. Moreover, the collections are continuously updated to bridge the gaps.
History of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
The museum is named after the three wives of Alexander Brun, each had the name of Louise. Krud W. Jensen, the then owner of the property, created the museum in 1958. Architects Wilhelm Woglert and Jorgen Bo created the unique building after spending considerable time just exploring and studying the local landscape in detail. Additions to the original building continued over the years, and in 1991 it got the final circular shape that you see now.
The first thing you notice about the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is its spectacular architecture. It is as if the building was built to dovetail seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. Art, architecture, and landscape are brought into free play in the construction of the museum, which is considered to be a wonder of modern architecture by many connoisseurs.
Painting Collection of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
There is a collection of 3000 paintings in the museum. There are works by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Giacometti, Rauschenberg and Henry Moore. The paintings are varied in range and appeal. There are cubist works by Picasso, as well as the Pop masterpieces of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. One of the latest additions to the permanent collection of the museum is the collection of works by Asger Jorn.
Sculpture Park in the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Sculpture, along with paintings, holds the center-stage in the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The sculpture garden opens up beautiful views of the Sound over to Sweden. Like everything else in the museum, a harmony between art, architecture and the surrounding landscape was one of the major thoughts behind the designing of the park. Some of the major works in the sculpture garden include Landscape Figure 5 by Henry Moore, Richard Serra’s Gate in Slugten and George Trakas’ Self Crossing. The last two actually site-specific works, created with the place and its surrounding environment in mind.
The Wessel-Bagge Collection
The Wessel-Bagge collection of pre-Columbian art is one of the major attractions of the museum these days. This personal collection by Danish art collector, dancer and choreographer Niels Wessel Bagge was bequeathed to the museum by the Wessel Bagge Foundation in 2001. There are about 400 items in the entire collection.
The Children’s Wing
The Children’s Wing is a unique activity area in the Louisiana Museum that gives it an air of originality. This three-story building is just the kind of place that the children want to express their creative skills. Materials are available in the children’s corner to help the kids express themselves creatively. Even adults can take part in some creative pursuit using the materials that are available in the workshops.
What to Eat
There is a cafíé in the Sculpture Park area of the museum. The cafíé is mainly noted for the magnificent panoramic view that it offers of the surrounding region. You can find an excellent collection of lunch menus in the cafíé during the daytime. In the evening, it turns into an atmospheric dinner with great traditional Danish food. You can, of course, enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or red wine any time of the day.
Where to Stay
It is usually wise to take up accommodation in Copenhagen and then move from there to reach the museum. There are plenty of hotels in Copenhagen catering to the needs of travelers from all ends of the budget spectrum.