The 19th century villa, that forms the original nucleus and entrance point of the museum, showcases works from the collection of Asger Jorn, the most prominent mid-20th century Danish artist.

Asger Jorn (1914-1973) is one of the central figures in Danish 20th-century art. He was a boundary-transcending artist, both in terms of the international art world, for example with the art movement Cobra, and the position of the artist in society.


In the Louisiana context, Asger Jorn is first and foremost a painter. The Louisiana founder Knud W. Jensen showed an early interest in Jorn, acquiring a number of key works. Thanks to the donation by Jytte and Dennis Dresing of the Merla Art Foundation in 1999-2014, the Jorn collection gained a heft comparable to other 20th-century classics at the museum in Humlebæk.