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Yayoi Kusama Narcissus Garden, 1966-2020 Installation view, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Stainless steel spheres Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, David Zwirner and Victoria Miro Louisiana Museum of Modern Art / Photography Kim Hansen © YAYOI KUSAMA

SUMMER AT LOUISIANA

23.6.2020 - 16.8.2020

Louisiana invites everyone to enjoy a cultural summer under the open sky: New art experiences with Yayoi Kusama in the Lake Garden and Zidane on a big screen at the Lower Park area. Add to this a Park Stage with more than 50 events: Live-talks, literature, theatre, music, and much more. The programme is published weekly in the Calendar below.

You can also enjoy a sandwich, coffee and cake at the museum's new mini-café centrally located in the park just next to the Park Stage. 

15. June Foundation supports the presentation of the three new works in The Sculpture Park.
The C. L. David Foundation and Collection supports this summer's programme on the Park Stage.

Yayoi Kusama 800 shiny bubbles 

The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's (b. 1929) work Narcissus Garden was first made for the 1966 Venice Biennale (photo). Now it has been installed in a version adapted to Louisiana's Lake Garden (entrance via the North Wing or Children's Wing).

The installation consists of 800 spheres made out of stainless steel and is presented at the museum mediating its surroundings - with the sky, water and trees reflected in countless shiny surfaces as light as bubbles. The title refers to the ancient Greek myth of Narcissus, a beautiful young man who falls in love with his own reflection in a forest pool.

"It is a wild work where the spheres are flowing freely - and they emphasize everything that is already there, the surroundings that are reflected in them. It is constantly changing - and they are constantly moving. It is constantly fleeting," explains Marie Laurberg, curator at Louisiana.

Susan Philipsz the singing trees

The second work in the Lake Garden is Susan Philipsz'The Shallow Sea (2010). The artist uses sound and music to create a singular, emotionally charged experience of the location. The addition of sound gives the landscape an unreal, almost cinematic feel. It is the first time the work is installed outdoors.   

Douglas Gordon & Philippe Parrenos 90 min. with Zidane

Experience a video portrait of the french football superstar Zinedine Zidane at the lower park area. The work, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006), tracks Zidane over the course of an entire match, giving us almost no impression of the rest of the game. A portrait in the classic art-historical sense of depicting an individual.   

Discover The Sculpture Park  

Besides the three new works in the Sculpture Park this summer, the park is also the permanent home to more than 50 sculptures - all an essential part of the Louisiana Collection. From Wednesday 24 June you can take a map at the museum's entrance, which showcases all of the works located in The Sculpture Park.

PROGRAMME PARK STAGE

From a stage in The Sculpture Park, there will be a wide range of events for everyone - music, literature, performance, talks, DJs and performances especially for children and their families. The many literary events also represent the Louisiana Literature Festival, which due to the current corona situation, has not been possible to plan and therefore will be part of the summer programme.