A walk in the Sculpture Park is an essential part of the Louisiana experience year-round. This is where you meet panoramic views of the Sound and can really see how the buildings blend into the landscape. You can also explore, get lost, and find calm.
The 45 sculptures in the park are an important part of the museum’s collection. Some are remarkable and easily distinguished, others are almost hidden or blending into the surroundings in an almost mysterious way. The special interplay with nature, the view, the weather and the changing of the Seasons makes for totally different experiences of the same figures. Thus the Sculpture Park is well worth a visit in itself at every time of year.
THE GREAT TEST OF STRENGTH
Good sculptures always pass the test of strength, thought Knud W. Jensen. For him, nature could almost become too dominant if there was not something man-made added to it. And he considered surfeit to be the only danger that could threaten outdoor sculpture exhibitions.
Knud W. Jensen (1916-2000) Louisiana's founder
IN THE PARK
In the series 'A Walk in the Park', which was shot in the spring of 2020, the museum's director Poul Erik Tøjner guides us to a number of the park's signature works.
The nine short films in the series range from the pop artist Roy Lichtenstein's yellow brushstrokes over Henry Heerup's granite figures to Alicja Kwade's stone globes and Alexander Calder's three masterpieces in front of the café.
A rare interplay
The sculptures in the Park are positioned so that they interact with the architecture and nature surrounding them. This is true, for example, of Henry Moore’s sculpture Reclining Figure No. 5 (Seagram), which stands out by the cliff with the Sound as a living backdrop.
Similar examples are the so-called site-specific sculptures, including Richard Serra’s The Gate in the Gorge and George Trakas’ Self Passage, which were acquired for their specific placements, where they become a very concrete part of the terrain.
The Park is the museum guests’ own peaceful garden, making Louisiana a particularly open, informal, and intimate museum.
the lake garden
Although it does not contain sculptures from The Louisiana Collection, the Lake Garden should be noted as an essential part of the interplay between architecture, nature, and art, present everywhere in Louisiana. The garden was named after the lake that was excavated and turned into a fortified privateer port during the British bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807.
Today the lake serves as a more peaceful – and very beautiful – backdrop for both the Children’s Wing and especially the sculptures in the Giacometti Gallery.
The landscape architects Ole and Edith Norgaard were responsible for the general outlines of the original Park. Since then, Lea Nørgaard and Vibeke Holscher have shaped the terrain around the new extensions in such a way that the Park elaborates on the labyrinthic nature of the buildings. Constantly arousing our curiosity as to what may be hiding around the next corner.