Belinda Esperson

Louisiana

After 3 months living here it is time to share with you some of my favourite places in and around Copenhagen.

This beautiful museum is one of my favourite places anywhere – I visit whenever I come to Copenhagen and have been there several times over the past 3 months. Louisiana is an art and sculpture museum located on the coast about 45 minutes by train north of Copenhagen in Humlebaek – a very easy train ride and short walk.
If you come to Copenhagen – do not miss it.

The main part of the museum was built in the 50’s and 60’s in Scandinavian modernist style – long and low, lots of glass, white rendered brick walls and lots of wood. The building is situated in a beautiful mature garden overlooking the Oresund sea in which site specific sculpture by greats such as Jean Arp, Henry Moore, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder and Richard Serra has been placed.

There are changing art exhibitions however I have to admit that it is the sculpture and the place itself that I love so much. There is however a great exhibition on currently: New Nordic – Architecture and Identity. It looks at how the concept of ‘Nordic’ is expressed in architecture, design and community in the nordic countries. It features some stunning buildings – and even some beautiful jewellery by Greenlandic designer Karen Fly whom I met several weeks ago at Baerbart gallery in Copenhagen which she runs together with five or so other contemporary jewellers.

Louisiana has a beautiful café (furnished with Jacobsen series 7 plywood chairs) and great food. If the weather is warm (and you are not afraid of cold water) you can even go swimming off a little jetty out the back of the gallery or just sit there in the sun looking out over the Oresund to Sweden. For those of us with kids there is a large children’s art area complete with crates of Lego and materials for drawing, cutting, pasting and painting so the kids can be entertained while you look through the gallery. Older kids can wander unsupervised in the grounds, discovering secret corners in the garden. Heaven!

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Belinda Esperson