I came across a blogpost about the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art on the blog Lingered upon, I got curious and researched the website of the museum and came across a collection that I couldn’t help not including in my roadtrip through Denmark.
The whole experience of visiting the museum was not my cup of tea. When arriving at the museum, we didn’t seem to find a parking spot, and so did many other people. We didn’t find this a big problem, we knew there would be a lot of people since it was a Saturday. Eventually we drove a few streets further and parked at the station. After a ten minute walk we finally walked through the frontdoor and got our ticket. The whole division of the museum was very unusual. The beginning of the visit happens to be in the museum shop and after the visit you end up at the same place. I didn’t like this. The whole visit started with a hectic crowd just wandering around and standing in front of all the information we needed to make it a very enjoyable visit (such as the map of the whole museum).
I would have liked it more it the entrance hall was a place where you could get in a perfect mood for a nice and calm museum visit.
However the architecture and the collection made up for this hectic start. The architecture of the museum was very astonishing, really no doubt about that. With rooms in all shapes and sizes. There were small corridors with a view to the garden and there were some high ceiling rooms with grand works in them, such as the pieces by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
One of the artists that’s included in the collection is Alberto Giacometti. He might be one of the sculptors that I like the most. His sculptures seem so vulnerable, yet so strong. They are long and skinny, but are sculpted very roughly.
Another favourite is Francis Bacon. Very recently my appreciation for his work grew after reading some of his intentions and the symbolism in his work. The way he stretches the portrait in such interesting shapes made me very curious to know more. Bacon believes that the portrait comes to life through this process of deformation, not through painting realistically.
Besides the artists that I already knew, I discovered some new pieces and new artists such as the expressive painter Leon Kossoff and the sculptures of Franz West. Leon Kossoff his work spoke to me on the first glance, I am a sucker for expressive, thick brushstrokes. The sculptures serie of Franz West reminded me of an Belgian artist, Peter Buggenhout, of whom I visited an exhibition a while ago. I don’t know what it is about series, but I like it. Maybe it’s because I prefer working in series aswell.
I liked the absurdity in Hans-Peter Feldmann his work. These four images above proof my point perfectly.
It’s a very crowded museum, but still worth visiting. The collection is very diverse and covers a lot of different movements throughout the history of art. A few of which I never heard of before and need to expand my knowledge.
I might go back there one day on a quite day, hoping there will be less people present.