PRINT January 1996


Louisiana’s Lars Nittve

IN 1958, THE DANISH ART-LOVER Knud W. Jensen, having sold his dairy company, opened a museum for Modern art in the seaside town of Humlebaek, outside Copenhagen. The Louisiana—named for the three consecutive wives of the site’s original owner, all called Louisa—has been described as the most beautiful art museum in Europe, and many Scandinavians, myself included, would credit the institution with providing some of their most powerful experiences of contemporary art.

Last summer the Louisiana’s governors named a new director. Their appointment: Lars Nittve, a Swede, and perhaps the most influential Scandinavian curator of his generation. After working as a critic for the Stockholm daily Svenska Dagbladet, and also for Artforum, in the early ’80s, Nittve was hired as a curator by Stockholm’s Moderna Museet in 1986, where, a year later, he organized “Implosion—A Post-Modern Perspective”—the

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