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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Established 1958
Location Humlebæk, Denmark
Type Art museum
Visitor figures 468,197 (2007)[1]
Director Poul Erik Tøjner
Public transit access Humlebæk/Louisiana station

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is an art museum located directly on the shore of the Øresund Sound in Humlebæk, 35 kilometers north of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is the most visited art museum in Denmark[2] with an extensive permanent collection of modern and contemporary art, dating from World War II and up until now, as well as a comprehensive programme of special exhibitions. The museum is also acknowledged as a milestone in modern Danish architecture, noted for the synthesis it creates of art, architecture and landscape.

The museum is included in the Patricia Schultz book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.



The name of the museum derives from the first owner of the property, Alexander Brun, who named the villa after his three wives, all named Louise.[3] The museum was created in 1958 by Knud W. Jensen, the owner at the time. He contacted architects Wilhelm Wohlert and Jørgen Bo who spent a few months walking around the property before deciding how a new construction would best fit into the landscape. This study resulted in the first version of the museum consisting of three buildings connected by glass corridors. Since then it has been extended several times until it reached its present circular shape in 1991.[4]



Modern art

It has a wide range of modern art paintings, sculptures and videos dating from World War II up to now, including works by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Anselm Kiefer, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, Yves Klein, Robert Rauschenberg and Asger Jorn. The videos are often housed in room settings where the viewer is made to feel part of the scene being portrayed. Perched above the sea, there is a sculpture garden between the museum's two wings with works by artists including Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, and Jean Arp.

Wessel-Bagge collection

Besides the collection of modern art, Louisiana also displays a collection of Pre-Columbian art. Consisting of more than 400 objects, the collection was a donation from the Wessel-Bagge Foundation in 2001. It is the personal collection left by Danish Niels-Wessel Bagge was a Danish dancer, choreographer and art collector living in California, who died in 1990.

Sculpture garden

Sculpture garden

The grounds around the museum houses a landscaped sculpture garden. It is made up by a plateau and the sloping terrain towards Øresund and is dominated by huge, ancient speciment trees and sweaping vistas of the sea.

It contains works by such artists as Jean Arp, Max Ernst, Max Bill, Alexander Calder, Henri Laurens, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Miró and Henry Moore. The sculptures are either placed so that they can be viewed from within, in special sculpture yards or independently around the gardens, forming a synthesis with the lawns, the trees and the sea.[2] There are also examples of site-specific art by such artists as Enzo Cucchi, Dani Karavan and George Trakas.[5]


1958 —: Knud W. Jensen
1995 —: Lars Nittve
1998 —: Steingrim Laursen
2000 —: Poul Erik Tøjner


  1. ^ (Dutch) Attraktionsstatistikken 2007 - top50. 25 April 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Louisiana". AOK. Retrieved 2009-06-03.  
  3. ^ museum information service(Publikumsservice)
  4. ^ "Louisiana", Journal (Danish) (Post Danmark Frimærker) (3/08): 2–5, May 2008  
  5. ^ "Louisiana". Louisiana. Retrieved 2009-06-03.  

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Coordinates: 55°58′10″N 12°32′35″E / 55.96944°N 12.54306°E / 55.96944; 12.54306


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