Louisiana Museum

A Danish treasure where architecture, contemporary art and nature blend together in a visual feast.

     ︎ If you are a Contemporary Art lover planning a visit to Copenhagen, don’t miss out on a hidden gem located on the coast of Øresund, in the peaceful environment of an island in North Zeeland, that’s an easy train ride from the capital.

Even though I would consider myself an avid architecture fan and art lover, I had never heard of the Louisiana museum. That was until the Italian architect, and good friend of mine, Roberto Di Donato, whom I have had the pleasure of working with in the past, told me it was a must-see.

He was definitely right. When we arrived we were immediatly blown away by the way the architecture melts into the landscape, creating a gorgeous atmosphere to be inspired by both art and nature.

Founded by Knud W. Jensen in 1958, the Louisiana Museum’s building was carefully designed by the architects Vilhelm Wohlert and Jørgen Bo.

Considered as one of the most important contemporary art museums in the world, visitors will enjoy, not only the outstanding space, but also an incredible collection of permanent pieces and a very well-curated selection of temporary exhibitions.

We started our visit outside, to make the most of the light in the Sculpture Park, a key space in the museum. Formed by beautiful gardens, you will discover a collection of pieces by Jean Arp, Max Ernst, Max Bill, Alexander Calder, Henri Laurens, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Miró and Henry Moore, amongst others.

The museum is a must-visit for sculpture lovers, as it is home to many of the most iconic pieces of the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti. In the Giacometti Gallery, you’ll find one of the highlights of the museum, in a room facing the forest where a floor to ceiling window becomes a piece of art in itself. A Giacometti sculpture is framed against this stunning backdrop, creating a dramatic space where you will want to linger for a while.

Another breathtaking experience is entering the room where the “Gleaming Lights of the Souls” by Yayoi Kusama are displayed. A place where your senses will lose their connection with reality due to the infinite mirrors and sparkling lights.

During my visit, I was lucky to see some very interesting temporary exhibitions from a diverse range of artists, including the architect Tatiana Bilbao, and the photographer Lauren Greenfield, who was displaying her fascinating project "Generation Wealth".

If you are planning to visit the museum, I would highly recommend checking the weather in advance, and arriving in daylight to make the most of the gardens. Save at least 3 to 4 hrs for your visit. If you go I’d love to hear your thoughts. I am sure you won't regret it.