It's been ten weeks since our trip to Copenhagen, and I still have lots to share. Denmark is one of the most photogenic places I have ever visited, and I felt like I was constantly taking photos every place that we went. One of my favourite experiences of the entire trip was our afternoon at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Even if you don't give a stuff about art (you strange person, you), Louisiana is a delight to visit. Situated half an hour north of the capital, the grounds stretch out to the shore of the sea, where you can walk among sculptures with views of Sweden in the distance. The building itself is a work of art; a modernist masterpiece of huge glass windows, sharp angles and beautiful raw materials. Wandering down the long straight corridors, the floor-to-ceiling windows offer uninterrupted views of the sculpture garden.
Visiting in November, the wind blew bitterly cold outside, and daylight soon began to vanish. We barely had time to rush around admiring the sculptures and the view before we retreated indoors to investigate the exhibitions. Strolling down the corridors with the light slowly fading to twilight, I decided to someday return in the summer when the outdoors could be further explored.
I've wanted to view Yayoi Kusama's exhibition since I missed it in London a couple of years ago. Luckily, the entirety of her work was on show at Louisiana whilst we were there. We spent a couple of hours wandering around, admiring the sheer amount of work that went into each piece. Looking up close at her gigantic paintings of tiny circles, it was evident that each individual dot was created with a delicate and deliberate stroke of a pallet knife. Although I loved the paintings and the pumpkins, it was the interactive mirrored rooms where the exhibition truly came to life. In one room, you stood on a tiny platform surrounded by water and mirrors, and watched a couple of twinkling, colour-changing lights reflect themselves into infinity. Bewitched, we stood there in admiration until we were moved on.
THE FLUX & THE PUDDLE
After exploring every inch of the Yayoi Kusama exhibition, we sought out the other current star exhibit, David Altmejd's The Flux & The Puddle. This three dimensional intricate structure took the idea of a cabinet of curiosities into the modern age with obscure and occasionally creepy objects, including killer pineapples and dismembered clawed hands. I found that I preferred viewing the sculpture as a whole from above, than its appearance up close, but each to their own.
Everything within the gallery is carefully considered, with that signature Danish attention to detail in design. Every separate gallery space deserves to be admired as much for its architecture as for the art that it contains. After you've had your fill of exploring, retreat to the restaurant, bag yourself a table by the window and look out over the water, searching for the twinkling lights of Sweden on the horizon.
It's really easy to get to Louisiana from Copenhagen. Head to one of the main train stations and ask at the counter for a combined train ticket/entrance fee to save money. The gallery is a ten minute walk from the station.
All photos, my own.