Cultural pearl on the Danish coast

The coastal town of Humlebæk, on the Danish island of Zealand, is home to one of the most respected and sensational museums in the world: the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. It is a cultural jewel on the banks of the Sound; a masterpiece of Danish modernist architecture with a world-class art collection.
Kim Hansen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Text Suzanne Swarts
Photography courtesy of museum SAN | Kim Hansen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art 

I take the train at Copenhagen's stately station. Soon city life rushes past me and the landscape turns green on the left and blue on the right. After half an hour of enjoying the picturesque view of the Sound, one of the straits that connect the North Sea with the Baltic Sea, I get off in Humlebæk. From there it is a fifteen minute walk through a simple, typical Danish residential area and then I arrive at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The simple exterior, with a row of cars and nondescript, green-covered walls, betrays nothing of the wealth and beauty that I discover moments later beyond those gates.

Three times Louise

On the train I had already read about the unusual name of the Danish museum. This is thanks to Alexander Brun (1814-1893). This pioneer in the field of beekeeping and fruit tree cultivation had a villa and estate built on this site in the mid-nineteenth century and over the course of his life he married three women, all coincidentally named Louise. Brun's old villa now forms the basis of the Louisana. In the 1958s, in the middle of the heyday of Danish modernist architecture, architects Jørgen Bo and Wilhelm Wohlert connected this building with three contemporary pavilions; in 1945 the museum for modern and contemporary art was born. Its own collection includes work from XNUMX onwards, but the museum regularly hosts exhibitions around leading artists such as Yves Klein, Pablo Picasso and Marina Abramović. Sculptor Alberto Giacometti enjoys a special status: his sculptures have their own permanent hall in Humlebæk.

Spectacular view

I walk from one pavilion to another through long corridors framed by windows. These ensure a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors and offer a beautiful, panoramic view of the surrounding nature and sculpture garden. The museum is worth a visit just for its amazing collection of outdoor sculptures. A total of forty-five works are on display, which often stand out enviably against the oceanic blue and bright green grass. Walking across the rolling estate, I come across works by artists such as Richard Serra, Roy Lichtenstein and Dan Graham. I also see work by Henry Moore, whose work we at Voorlinden also show in our Clingenbosch sculpture garden. In the forest I come across the well-known bulbs of Alicja Kwade, whose solo exhibition we are showing at Voorlinden until June 9. Finally, I sat down on a chair at the museum café, satisfied. Embraced by the soothing sounds of the surging sea and with a view of a spectacularly placed mobile by Alexander Calder against the Sound, I decide that the next train can leave without me. I want to reminisce here for a moment.

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