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Copenhagen Arts

October 3, 2015

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Copenhagen is a truly exciting city for the art lover. Here we take a look at some of the biggest exhibitions on currently - at some of the most exciting contemporary art spaces in the world.

By Rachel Ang

Museum Louisiana, Jørgen Bo und Vilhelm Wohlert

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40 kilometres north of Copenhagen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a landmark work of Danish modernist architecture. Designed in the mid-50s by architects Jørgen Bo and Wilhlem Wohlert and opened in 1958, it has undergone several extensions, grown a permanent collection of over 3000 works, and gained a reputation as being right on the zeitgeist of contemporary art.

Museum Louisiana, Jørgen Bo und Vilhelm Wohlert

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Museum Louisiana, Jørgen Bo und Vilhelm Wohlert

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The current blockbuster is Yayoi Kusama’s retrospective, In Infinity, currently on show until January 24, 2016. Hugely successful in the 60s, and seen as a female counterpart to Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama is best known for her mind-bending installations of light, mirror and pattern, and her repetitive dot paintings, site-specific works and performances exploring the connection between the self and the infinite. She once explained: a polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement … Polka dots are a way to infinity.

Yayoi Kusama

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Yayoi Kusama

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Yayoi Kusama

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The exhibition examines her career spanning six decades, from early watercolours and pastels to her hugely popular paintings and sculptures from the 60s, films, performances, installations and political happenings in the 1960s and the early 1970s, as well as works from the 1980s, after the artist’s return to Tokyo. The exhibition is the first retrospective to look at Kusama’s interest in and contributions to the domain of fashion. There are several of Kusama’s recent installations as well as a series of new paintings created for the exhibition in Louisiana.

Yayoi Kusama

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Yayoi Kusama

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ARKEN Museum of Modern Art

ARKEN Museum of Modern Art is a monumental landmark in a man-made landscape in Ishøj, just 25 minutes by train south of Copenhagen. Conceived as a massive stranded ship by young architect Søren Robert Lund, and opened in 1996, it houses more than 400 works – Danish, Nordic and international contemporary art primarily from the period after 1990.

Bjørn Wiinblad

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On now until January 17 2016 is a retrospective of the Danish artist and designer Bjørn Wiinblad, a visionary of wild imagination, beautiful images and seductive dreams. His style is characterised by curving lines, vivid colour, happy engaging characters, and seems to derive from a magical other world. He is one of the most well-loved Danish artists of the second half of the 20th century. This exhibition takes a broad look at his incredibly prolific output throughout his creative career, which spans paintings, tapestries, plaques, ceramics, costumes for the Royal Ballet, stage curtains and everyday objects such as biscuit tins, gift-wrapping paper and jigsaw puzzles. Wiinblad held no clear-cut distinctions between the creative and the commercial, the hand-made and the mass-produced – he believed that art should be part of every day, and in this way we might imbue our lives with dreams, magic, beauty and luxury.

Bjørn Wiinblad

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Bjørn Wiinblad

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Kunstforeningen Gl Strand

Kunstforeningen Gl Strand (The Art Society Gammel Strand)  is a contemporary arts space in the central Copenhagen with an extensive history. The institution was formed back in 1825, when a group of artists and citizens formed Kunstforeningen as a link between the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the wider public. It shifted locations until 1952, when it found its current home in the beautiful heritage building designed by the architect Philip de Lange in the eighteenth century. His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Denmark is the patron of Gl Strand. Kunstforeningen’s primary drive is to exhibit the latest trends in contemporary art, and support young artists, through a constantly changing program. They have no permanent collection and place an emphasis on curatorial openness and experimentation.

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Currently on show until November 29 is a solo exhibition titled Fear the Goat from the Front, the Horse from the Rear and Man from all Sides by one of Denmark’s most significant young artists, Peter Linde Busk. It takes as its focus the resources discarded by society, and he re-defines the worthless as something which could potentially be contextualized as significant. It’s a varied and often bizarre body of work. The highlight are the ceramic figures both lumpen and carefully crafted, standing in the tradition of monumental statues, on repurposed butchers blocks. In his craftsmanship and attention to detail, but also the seemingly Arte-Povera approach to materials and assemblage, Busk says something about the exclusivity and unique value of each material he touches.

Peter Lindebuck

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Details

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Gammel Strandvej 13
3050 Humlebæk
Please note: closed Mondays.
www.louisiana.dk

ARKEN Museum of Modern Art
Skovvej 100
2635 Ishøj
Please note: closed Mondays.
www.arken.dk

Kunstforeningen Gl Strand
Gl. Strand 48
1202 København K
Please note: closed Mondays.
www.glstrand.dk

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