A Trip to the Louisiana Museum outside Copenhagen

The Louisiana Museum is an absolutely wonderful museum, I’m really glad I took the 30 minute drive up from Copenhagen to check it out. Here are my highlights.

PERMANENT COLLECTION

Gleaming Lights of the Souls by Yayoi Kusama – a permanent exhibit, for me the highlight of the visit (so much that I cued twice to get in)

Official blurb: Gleaming Lights of the Souls by Yayoi Kusama is one of the most beloved pieces in the museum collection. The installation, dating from 2008, consists of a single space, four by four meters. The walls and ceilings are covered with mirrors; the floor is a reflecting pool; and you stand in the middle of the water on a platform.Hanging from the ceiling above you are a hundred lamps that resemble glowing ping pong balls. These lamps change colour in a way that transport us into a special rythm and pulse, almost as though we become one with the universe of the installation. Gleaming Lights of the Souls is a truly lyrical work of art in every sense.

Sculpture Garden– it was snowing when I went but that did not deter me from the garden and I’m glad it didn’t. Although I can see myself spending quite a bit of time out here in nicer weather. As for the snow, there is kind of a romantic feel to snow falling on gorgeous sculptures by the sea side

Official Blurb: A walk in the Sculpture Park is an essential part of the Louisiana experience year round. This is where you meet panoramic views of the Sound and can really see how the buildings blend into the landscape. You can also explore, get lost and find calm.The around 60 sculptures of the Park are an important part of the museum’s collection. Some are remarkable and easily distinguished, others almost hidden or blending in to the surroudings in an almost mysterious way. The special interplay with nature, the view, the weather and the changing of the Seasons makes for totally different experiences of the same figures. Thus the Sculpture Park is well worth a visit in itself at every time of year.

TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS

George Condo

Official Blurb: As part of the wild art scene in New York in the early 1980s, George Condo was close to painters such as Basquiat and Keith Haring and worked at Warhol’s Factory applying diamond dust to silkscreen. At the same time, he found his way to his own artistic expression, which he describes as “artificial realism”. Condo (born in 1957) mixes input from…

Pablo Picasso Ceramics

Official Blurb:  With more than 160 pieces this is the first major exhibition in Scandinavia to focus on a late, fortunate and highly imaginative part of Picasso’s work. One of the top exhibitions to see for 2018, according to the New York Times, this presentation of Picasso’s original ceramics marks the beginning of Louisiana’s 60th anniversary year.In the summer of 1946 Picasso sojourns at Golfe-Juan in the south of France and attends a ceramics exhibition in Vallauris, an area well known for its many ceramic workshops. This experience is a turning-point for Picasso, who throughout his life sought new artistic challenges in all possible kinds of materials. Picasso immediately starts experimenting with ceramic materials, oxides and glazes, and the ceramic processes and techniques – especially the unpredictable elements in the actual firing process, mainly because the colours are so difficult to control – clearly presents him with a rich and interesting new challenge.In 1948 Picasso forms a steady engagement with the Madoura workshop and decideds to move per­ma­nently to the south of France. There – alongside his paintings, drawings, sculptures and graphic works – he produces about 4000 cera­mic objects. Some involve the painting and reworking of plates, jugs and dishes that have already gone into production at the Madoura pottery, others are more scul­p­tural figures – animals, fauns and female figures that grow out of Picasso’s imagination as the wet clay takes form.

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7xSPACEXTIME – from the Collection

Official Blurb: The presentation of the collection is divided into seven parts that are based on a concept that Poul Erik Tøjner calls “the wonder of sensuous perception”. The first section, WHO WE ARE, concerns identity, who am I, who are we, who are you? The second, ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR, concerns sensory impressions and the sensuous. A WORLD OF DESIGN shows how a large number of artists base their work on the principle that the world is already being organised in images.NATURE treats the concept of the great landscape together with myths and the dream of mapping. ACTIONS is a small section about the fascination of the independent lives of things, while THE ONE AND THE OTHER concerns a person’s relation to another person, to that which is not me. The last space – POLITICS – keeps us anchored in the world we have ourselves created before our gaze can free itself in the colossal view of the Sound.

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