From Our Archive
This story was published before Summer 2021, when we launched our new digital experience.

This Must-see Museum in Denmark May Surprise You

Riches await at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.


Film and TV


Two stars from Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film reflect on life in and...

Into the Labyrinth


Into the Labyrinth

Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto tells a story in salt.

The Gift of Words


The Gift of Words

Author Sloane Crosley’s selection of excellent books for the season and beyond.

Yes, it's perhaps the most famous attraction in Denmark, but don’t overthink a visit to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. It’s popular for a reason: It has a stupendous collection of modern and contemporary art in an unparalleled setting overlooking the Øresund, the strait separating Denmark and Sweden.

The Louisiana, now celebrating its 60th year, has a history that matches its quirky layout (you never know where you are, but it’s always somewhere interesting). Founded by cheese magnate Knud W. Jensen, the museum—itself a major work of Danish architecture—consists of multiple wings in different architectural styles, all predicated on the conceit of a “covered stroll” in an oceanside park.

The art obsessive Jensen had a “sauna” principle: He brought in crowds with “hot” shows of popular artists—such as this year’s “Picasso Ceramics” blockbuster then cooled them off with more challenging work. The museum continues this genius method today.

You can enjoy the permanent lineup of 20th-century greats, including Alberto Giacometti, Andy Warhol, and Yayoi Kusama, indoors, and strikingly installed outdoor sculptures by the likes of Henry Moore and Alexander Calder. The gift shop offers sophisticated ceramics, classic furniture reproductions, and a superb collection of contemporary design and craft.

On display this fall is “The Moon,” a show that, like so many at the Louisiana, pulls together disparate works based on a theme. Taking Earth’s satellite as its subject, “The Moon” combines works by a global roster of art stars, including Darren Almond, Kiki Kogelnik, and Trevor Paglen.

“The moon is a mirror of humanity,” says the show’s curator, Marie Laurberg, who will be organizing full-moon parties once a month during the show’s run.


Let’s Keep in Touch

Subscribe to our newsletter

You’re no longer on our newsletter list, but you can resubscribe anytime.