humlebaek-denmark

“NowHere”

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The Louisiana Museum in Humlebaek, just twenty miles north of Copenhagen, is a uniquely Danish combination of art collection and leisure park. Founded in 1958 by industrialist Knud W. Jensen, it is meant to serve as both a semiurban nature retreat and a center for classic Modernism. Every year 600,000 stroll the garden at the Louisiana and take in its 10,000-plus square meters of holdings, including works by Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Jean Dubuffet and accessible outdoor sculptures by Max Ernst and Henry Moore—and all this with a seaside view. It is this very Danish utopia, reconciling Alfred Krupp and Joseph Beuys, that the show “NowHere” had to contend with. Although many of its artists are involved in practices that question the workings of the gallery system and attempt to problematize the underpinnings of cultural institutions, nearly every

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