“The Louisiana Exhibition 1997”

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

“The Louisiana Exhibition 1997: New Art from Denmark and Scania,” the first in a series of quadrennial shows intended to highlight work produced in Denmark and southern Sweden, brought together new projects by fifty-two artists. While the exhibition focused on regional activity, it also evinced a global perspective. As a catalogue text affirmed: “Whether you live in Cologne, Copenhagen, or Katrineholm is becoming less and less significant. The [important] thing is how you use the potential of navigating freely between the global and the local.”

The eclectic selection of works made a systematic approach impossible; instead, viewers were invited to wander freely through the museum. One of the first installations encountered, a work by Olafur Eliasson, subtly and eloquently called attention to the Louisiana’s unique natural surroundings. In the hallway leading to the exhibition spaces, Eliasson

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