Architecture, Culture and Identity
31 January - 4 May 2014
NOW BABYLON is the second chapter in the series “Architecture, Culture and Identity” – and is a successor to the exhibition NEW NORDIC, which Louisiana showed in 2012. The series is about how architecture is both a bearer of identity and promotes the shaping of the cultural distinctiveness of a country or a region. Just as there are ongoing discussions of whether anything specifically Nordic exists, the exhibition NOW BABYLON attempts to home in on features shared by the Arab countries – from the Arabian Peninsula through Lebanon to Morocco. The Arab world is first and foremost connected by language, but there are other common features that point both to a shared understanding of space and a visual culture where one can draw lines from calligraphy over certain construction elements to architecture on the very grand scale. NOW BABYLON traces some of these common lines for consideration, and a picture of the notion of ‘the Arabian’ will arise through various stories from places where significant developments are happening right now.
The exhibition takes us to new cities like Dubai, old Yemenite civilizations and new architectural projects that relate to the desert as place. And it shows how architectural offices such as Atelier Jean Nouvel, Paris, X-Architects, Dubai, and Henning Larsen Architects, Copenhagen, intervene in the region with new interpretations. A current focus is the relationship between private and public space, which is presently changing socially, politically and architecturally. NOW BABYLON is a cross-over exhibition that mixes architecture, art, photography, documentary and film.
Realdania. Sponsor of Louisiana’s architectural exhibitions.
LOUISIANA ON PAPER
7 March - 9 June 2014
'Louisiana on Paper’ is a series of small exhibitions dedicated to artists’ works on paper which invite in-depth study, often of the artist’s process of creation or register of ideas. This exhibition presents paper works by the German artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986). The exhibition strikes another tone than one finds in the work of the artist in most museums, predominantly presenting his installations and mythological assemblages. But Joseph Beuys was a draughtsman before he became so much else – sculptor, installation and performance artist, art theorist and teacher, etc. – and the exhibition shows, in a rare cross-section through his career from the 1940s to the 1980s, how the whole oeuvre is rooted in the small formats. Beuys drew sketches and conducted material experiments; visual diary pages were mixed with observations and classifications in the best scientific spirit – and if one looks at the far more than one hundred drawings as a whole, one gets a glimpse of an artistic creative power that carries beyond the individual drawing.
C.L. Davids Fond og Samling has supported the exhibition.
7 March - 6 July 2014
The story of the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) is fascinating and unknown to most people. It is the story of a female artist working on the edge of the established canon – as was the case with Louisiana’s exhibition Women of the Avant-Garde in 2012 and Yoko Ono Half A-Wind-Show in 2013. Hitherto Hilma af Klint has not attracted much attention in the history of art. Her extensive oeuvre was created within the ambit of movements like spiritualism, theosophy and anthroposophy – in parallel to Kandinsky’s work in the beginning of the 1900’s. Hilma af Klint links inner experience and symbolic language together in ground-breaking abstract paintings that were never shown in public in her lifetime, during which she only exhibited her figurative pictures.
With this exhibition, organized by Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Hilma af Klint’s work has aroused great international attention – at among other places the Venice Biennale in 2013. The exhibition was first presented at Moderna Museet in the spring of 2013 and there it became the best-attended exhibition of a Swedish artist ever. Now it is coming to Louisiana after being shown at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin and at the Picasso Museum in Malaga.
The exhibition has been organized by Moderna Museet, Stockholm in collaboration with Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Museo Picasso Málaga and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk. Curator:
Iris Müller-Westermann. Assistant curator: Jo Widoff, Moderna Museet.
4 June - 7 September 2014
The American painter Philip Guston (1913-1980) is a loner in the art history of the twentieth century. The Louisiana’s visitors have earlier made the acquaintance of his drawings in an exhibition in 2007, and the museum also has two of his paintings in the collection, which are often shown. It is mainly the late work that has raised his stock among younger artists. Here Guston turns away from Abstract Expressionism towards a cartoon-like, quite personal idiom with large figures, often against a pink background. This exhibition offers at last an opportunity to the public of experiencing this painter in full flight. Guston’s work is about the simple conditions of existence. His universe may seem to be in a minor key with its background in his not very life-affirming biography – nor is there any mistaking the influence of his Jewish background – but his painterly energy and his artistic power are great, and the pictures trump the melancholy with their energetic display of colour.
C.L. Davids Fond og Samling has supported the exhibition.
4 July - 19 October 2014
Emil Nolde (1867-1956) is one of the most important representatives of German Expressionism, but his close connection with Denmark – both biographically and geographically – also makes him a part of Danish art history. Nolde is known for the powerful, intensely colourful expression that typifies his subjects, whether they are depictions of flowers, figures or landscapes.
Over the years several thematic exhibitions have been mounted both in Denmark and abroad, but Louisiana’s summer exhibition is the first major retrospective presentation of the painter for several decades. The exhibition casts a present-day glance at Nolde’s extensive and composite oeuvre and seeks new perspectives on material well known to many people. It gathers up strands and addresses all the genres in which the artist worked. The 140 or so works in the exhibition, which cover the whole of the artist’s active period, comprise paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints as well as several works not previously exhibited.
The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the Städel Museum in Frankfurt and the Nolde Foundation in Seebüll.
15 August 2014 - 4 January 2015
Olafur Eliasson has exhibited several times at Louisiana, but so far either in connection with the presentation of new acquisitions for the Louisiana collection or in thematic exhibitions like The World is Yours in 2009, when he participated with the ice-clad car Your Mobile Expectations.
This picture will change strikingly in the museum’s major autumn exhibition in 2014, when Eliasson will fill the whole South Wing of the museum with a huge project that reverses the relationship between ‘nature’ out there and ‘art’ in here. This is very much a site-specific project; for Olafur Eliasson Louisiana is a museum characterized by the interplay of landscape and architecture, and the artist thus makes the museum itself and its identity a theme of the exhibition.
The Olafur Eliasson exhibition will be an outstanding event – in every sense of the word – at Louisiana.