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24 Aug

What to do in Copenhagen – Louisiana museum of modern art.

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Last Thursday, we visited the Louisiana museum of modern art in Copenhagen. The train from Central station to Humlebaek was only 45 minutes.

Founded by Knud Jensen, the name Louisiana came from the original owner, Alexander Brun’s  three wives. They were all called Louise. Interesting coincidence, don’t you think?

I actually thought it was named Louisiana after the architecture. To me the main house resembled a Southern USA home with its outdoor balcony and verandah.

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The museum is set in the most breathtakingly beautiful grounds overlooking the sea.

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Adorning the vast gardens are beautiful sculptures from the likes of Henry Moore, Miro and Max Ernst.

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Look at the crystal clear waters. Anyone for a leap?

The museum is truly an interplay between nature, architecture and modern art.

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There was a wishing tree outside. Thousands of visitors have passed by, recording their wish in life. So interesting to read. Here is my little M searching for his wish tag.

In addition to the vast grounds to run about and grassy hills to roll around, there was also a three storey area of art and activity for the kids, making it a fun day out.

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I fell in love with this part of the museum with its classic, pared down looking Scandinavian furniture and lighting.

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It was a wonderful space to sit and contemplate. The surrounding glass windows gave a panoramic view of the clear ocean and peaceful woods nearby.

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There was so much to see. The permanent collection comprise of works from eminent artists such as Picasso, Giacometti and Warhol.

My favourite ‘colourful’ artists are Gerhard Richter (above) and the following five below are by Poul Gernes.

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These paintings are so striking and aesthetically pleasing. I would love to have one in my home. What do you think?

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I conclude with another Henry Moore sculpture.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. I highly recommend a visit to Louisiana. It is amazing in real life, more than photos can capture. I will be doing a separate blog post on the monochromic art that caught my eye at the Louisiana soon.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead. x

  1. Anuka Parapuram

    The sculpture over the ocean was spectacular! Great photos and article.
    x anuka

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Thank you Anuka 🙂 You should visit some time, I know you’ll love the museum. xx

  2. I’d love to visit this museum! I also thought the name was reflecting southern American architecture, because of the first picture of the exterior. Funny that he married women that had the same name!

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Funny the name thing isn’t it? I found that out from Wikipedia. You should visit the museum next time you are around Europe, also drop by London to say hi. xx

  3. Wow, Geraldine, what an amazing place. It could have been any mediterranean country with your teaser picture. I am a true fan of Henry Moore, have always loved his organic art and sensual shape. In fact, my first sculpture when studying anatomy at the ceramic studies was a copy of one of his lying figures. Hope your return and working start was a good one! xx

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Thank you Gudy, I thought you’d like this place 😉 Have a lovely week, enjoying seeing your pictures from Moscow 😉 xx

  4. At first I thought I misread and was totally confused since it really looked like you were in Louisiana, USA! 🙂 The facade of the house with the “porch” really has the same character and feel like the deep south in the US. Funny name thing too, great to have learned something new today! 🙂
    And I totally love the Gerhard Richter painting – it reminds me of my ‘Colour in your Home’-class I took last year. We had to make a collage out of different colours for 4 types of interior: spring, fall, summer and winter. Mine looked like this one (but only smaller). Very interesting paintings, loving the pops of colours – must be so beautiful to have one in your home, especially if you have a large living room with loads of white space! 🙂
    Hugs, Inge x

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Yes, it does look like the deep South doesn’t it ? Love the colourful paintings but unfortunately, I haven’t the wall space. Have a great week Inge x

  5. This looks like such a fun day out – thanks for sharing the snapshots with us. All these posts are making me want to go back to Copenhagen! The weather looks like it treated you really well, too! x

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Thank you will 😉 Looking forward to your Belearic islands post x

  6. I’ve always wanted to go to Denmark, now I want to more than ever! What an incredible museum and I love the story behind the name:) And the sweetest little wishing tree, I would have spent hours reading the wishes. xx

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      The museum is my favourite out of the places we visited in Copenhagen, definitely heading back there again some time. Have a lovely week Mel x

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