Copenhagen: Art and Sea at Louisiana Museum

Las Chicas take the train to the Louisiana Museum and enjoy the amazing sculpture garden and discover a new Swedish artist: Hilma af Klint.

The museum is named after the estate in which it is located. Because three successive Louises married a wealthy Dane, he named his villa after them.We purchase combo train and museum tickets at the station’s 7-11 store,  head north, and successfully navigate train transfers due to track repair. A shady walk takes us past our first thatched roof house.

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We arrive at the museum to see art, but the sea calls to us. We stroll outside among scupture by Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Jean Arp, and others.

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We note that some hearty Danes are  bobbing in the what must be a very cold North Sea. The sun shines, we see Sweden across the water and the world is a happy place.

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We return inside to see the Emil Nolde exhibit. He was a German artist who painted monsters, religious scenes, vibrant flowers,  cool seascapes and landscapes. Some of his work is reminiscent of Van Gogh, other work reminds Mary of Where the Wild Things Are.  No photos allowed in this special exhibit, so click here for examples of his work: http://en.louisiana.dk/exhibition/emil-nolde

Emil exhausts us, so we retreat outside to the back of the museum for a stroll near the lake and viewing of more naturalistic work.

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Time for lunch! Salmon on rye at the museum cafe, consumed on the sunny terrace overlooking the sea. We also note some interesting Danish footwear, worn by a 20-something Scandinavian man.

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We continue walking underground through unmemorable modern works by assorted artists. Lisa realizes we have seen NOT ONE WOMAN ARTIST. Although she loves all the sculpture and the amazing grounds, she’s very disappointed.

But the Louisiana is very large, and the day is saved when we arrive at a large exhibition of work by Hilma af Klint. The Swedish artist lived from the 1890s to the 1940s and told her nephew not to release her work until the 1960s because she believed the world wasn’t ready for it yet. No museum was interested then, and it wasn’t until the 1970s that quantities of her work was displayed. A spiritualist, she collaborated on certain pieces with four other women, referred to as “The Five”. The group created the works through “automatic painting” during a seance. Theosophy and a sense of balance also permeate her work. Here are a few samples:

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We return to the sculpture garden where children play, and others snack, and take in the sea before returning to Copenhagen.

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Another lovely day for Las Chicas in Denmark.

© 2014 by Lisa Howells and Mary Reynolds. All rights reserved.

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