Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Postcards from Louisiana MoMA

Louisiana 3The most visited art museum in Denmark is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Getting so many visitors is no small feat for them, given that they are located well outside of Copenhagen and (if my experience is the norm) extremely hard to get to. It is supposed to be a short 20 minute train ride from Copenhagen, plus a 10 minute walk. Well, it didn't turn out to be that easy.

First, we could not figure out what train to take. This was the first time in all of our European travels that Angie and I couldn't get the trains sorted. It could have been the Danish train signs, which are so different from the rest of Europe. It could have been the conductors, who didn't seem to know anything about any train except theirs (we heard "It may be the next one" several times). Whatever it was, I felt like a Muggle looking for Platform 9¾

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Then, after we finally got on the correct train, we had to get off again after only a few stops and take a bus. It seems the line to Louisiana was out of service and the only way to get there was to take a detour by bus. We thought we would just follow the crowd, since everyone seemed to be going to Louisiana anyway. At least they kept asking the drivers something about "Louisiana" (which was all the Danish we knew). We had to wait as several buses came and went. All the while none of the passengers knew which bus to take. I gathered from the gestures and facial expressions that the drivers were saying "I am not sure. Maybe the next one"! Do the Danes have a sense of style? Absolutely! Do they have a sense of public transportation? No.

When we finally arrived at Louisiana, there was a large crowd queuing to get in. We were looking at a good 30 minute wait. That is, until we spied a side entrance through the gift shop and cut the queue. This almost made up for the lost time travelling to get there! By the way, we were able to take this shortcut because when we bought our train tickets in Copenhagen, we bought tickets to Louisiana at the same time. So in the end, not only did we save a bit on the price of the ticket, but we saved the wait time to get in. A tip worth knowing if you are in Copenhagen and are looking to go to Louisiana.

We browsed through the gift shop (I always pick up postcards for Anne when I travel), we took a short tour through the main garden where there was a large exhibit. It was made of construction lumber painted high-visibility orange. I'm afraid the artistic merit is lost on me. My interpretation of what I saw is a bit garish, to say the least!

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Back inside, we saw several of the Picasso exhibits. I'm not really a fan of Picasso. Like the art above, it is too chaotic for me. There is nothing inspiring or surprising in it, and it simply doesn't hold my attention. But since we were in such a famous museum, and since the Glyptotek held such pleasant surprises, we toured the exhibit halls to see what was on display.

One of the exhibits was of Alberto Giacometti's work. It was in a large room with a glass wall overlooking a pond. A tour group was in the gallery and the guide was explaining the exhibit to his tour group.

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As I was watching the guide explain about the work, I started thinking about the fact that there are always tour laggards. These are people who hang behind the main group as it moves from place to place. I thought that there would be a chance I might catch "the laggards" either looking at the exhibit, or out the window. This, I thought, might make for a good composition if I could frame it properly using the walls and the windows. So I ran down the stairs and waited until the group moved on. Sure enough, three people stayed behind to look out the window. My anticipation paid off with a nice capture.

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By now you are probably wondering why we went to Louisiana in the first place, given that we don't like Picasso or much of the modern art. It was because there was an exhibit of David Hockney's me draw on Ipad. Angie's husband and my son are iPad nuts. We thought it would be cool to go see this exhibit and report back to them on the use of an iPad as an art tool.

The Hockney exhibit was fabulous. David has created hundreds of drawings using either an iPhone or an iPad. The museum had installed 20 iPads and 20 iPhones around an exhibit hall. Hockney's art was displayed on these devices. I would characterize the drawings as simplistic, very colourful, and absolutely captivating. The museum also displayed a short video of David using the iPad to create one of the drawings on display.

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Go here to see some samples of his work at the Louisiana MoMA site. His work was interesting enough to turn a lousy excursion into a good one, even when the return trip to Copenhagen was as fraught with travel hassles as the trip up.

Here are links to all of my posts from this visit:
Faces of Copenhagen
Copenhagen Postcards
Copenhagen Walkabout - Oddities
Postcards from the Bryghus
Postcards from Louisiana MoMA
A Game of Thrones
Postcards from the Glyptotek

1 comment:

JayM said...

Love the three women B&W. Fav'd it Flickr. Funny you show the Hockney exhibit as I just saw article about that in an issue of The Globe last week.