Sculpture from

19.12.23 - 24.11.24

When strolling through the glass corridors and halls in the North Wing, you can experience a dialogue between the classics - works by Giacometti, Ernst, Heerup, and Kwade - and a new presentation of larger and smaller sculptures from the collection.

The presentation of sculptures from the museum’s collection spans from the early 20th century to the present. This display ties closely in with the sculptures you meet when you proceed from the Villa through the North Wing to the Café – the buildings of the original museum that opened in 1958.

This applies both inside and out, and a special greeting is also sent back to the museum’s founder, Knud W. Jensen, who had a fondness for sculpture in particular and for exhibiting them in this original part of the museum. Works that form part of what can be called the museum’s “basic narrative” of modern sculpture, from Max Ernst to Jean Arp, Henry Heerup, and Jean Dubuffet – and with the Giacometti Gallery as a hub.

Heads on a row

The long podium with five heads in a row may recall visits to museums of ancient art and their arrays of Roman heads. While the time frame at the Louisiana is a world apart, we are still invited to ponder the similarities and differences between the heads. From Adam Fischer's French soldier to Tal R's pumpkinhead.

landscape of sculpture

In the middle of the last exhibition space in the wing is a "landscape" of sculptural sketches and models, very different in materiality and technique. Here is Sol Lewitt's iconic white cubes, Robert Jacobsen's depiction of movement in a static sculpture, and Anders Brasch's slender scaffolding, created from recognizable everyday objects such as brushes, sticks, and stones. Each can be seen as a link between sculpture as an art form and architecture.

Three figures

On a wall in the glass corridor, you will find three Danish modernist figures - in cement, concrete, and marble – originating from the years around the First World War and the interwar years. In their own way, the three sculptures capture something we associate with children: Astrid Noack's intimate observation of the lying child, Henry Heerup's simple stacked figure, and Adam Fischer's more complicated composition of a tiny, standing human are all shaped by the desire to express something monumental in the small - and with the small.

Artists shown in the presentation are Germaine Richier, Sarah Lucas, Shilpa Gupta, Ai Weiwei, Tetsumi Kudo, Robert Jacobsen, Antony Gormley, Henry Heerup, Sol Lewitt, Hein Heinsen, Anders Brasch, Kasper Heiberg, Louise Bourgeois, Svend Wiig Hansen, Per Inge Bjørlo, Tal R, Astrid Noack and Adam Fischer.