Louisiana is a modern art museum located in Humlebæk half an hour north of Copenhagen. The drive there is very pretty, and the museum itself is located right at the edge of the water with views to Sweden on the other side. Not unsurprisingly, a lot of other people had also had the idea to spend their sunday at Louisiana, so it was quite crowded but not so much that it really impacted the experience.
The major thing that had drawn me to Louisiana this time was their exhibition of some of Picasso’s early drawings which was very interesting to see. My favourite part however turned out to be an exhibition of photos from Elizabeth Taylor’s home shortly before she died. It felt very personal and intimate the way the photographs were taken, depicting not her but the stuff in her house. There was everything from huge diamonds in shoddy boxes with labels to her pictures of herself with her husband.
I also enjoyed a work called ‘Isfald’ (Icefall), where you enter a completely dark room and listen to sounds – the sounds of ice that is. Kinda creepy but still a worthwhile experience.
Sweden right on the other side of the water. There’s a handsomely sized garden connected with the museum filled with sculptures and ‘play pyramid’ for the kids.
In general I liked most of what I saw, but when I face certain elements of the modern art scene I feel like I hit a brick wall; some of that stuff simply flies right over my head like a common house fly that is impossible for me to catch. I do not get it. One exhibition was of the house fly sort – the pictures were simple colour patterns I would expect to find on the carpet in a kindergarten and I tried my best to get something out of it, but I am fairly certain the major point utterly escaped me. At least I wasn’t the only one – I noticed several people simply walking through while chatting happily about grand children and current political affairs. In the part of the museum that housed the in-house always-there works I came across the ‘Minimal’ section, and I swear my first thought was ‘minimal effort?’. What I saw was a big white painting and three fluorescent light bars set up in the corner. This is art, apparently.
After Louisiana I had planned to visit Kronborg as it is in the same area. What I hadn’t noticed was the entrance fee of 140 DKK, and with less than two hours to visit a complex so big that the sign advices you to spend an entire day there, I decided to skip it and drive to Copenhagen.
I did have a little wander around Helsingør harbour though, as it was quite pretty.
In Copenhagen I walked down Kompagnistræde towards Højbro Plads, where the Danish band Six Foot Stompers were just about to begin their show. Copenhagen Jazz Festival was on its final day you see. I enjoyed myself abundantly – the weather had cleared up for once (it’s been raining almost non stop all of July), I had got myself a tasty hot chocolate and the music was wonderful. The singer sounded just like Louis Armstrong.
Before I ended up here a friend and I had walked to Islands Brygge to see if there was any music there. There was a band but I couldn’t tell if they were playing or having a sound check, so we just continued further into the city.
We ended the evening in Taphouse, a place with 60+ beers on tap and a very cosy atmosphere. I had forgotten that you could taste samples before deciding so I went with a Czech beer (having fond memories of the beer I had in Prague) that unfortunately didn’t really deliver in the taste department. Nice colour though.
Have you been to Louisiana? Can you explain modern art to me like I’m 5 years old? Comment below!