The Villa & North Wing
Since the opening of Louisiana, the fine rooms in the Old Villa facing the garden have framed the guests’ first impression of the Louisiana Collection. At present, you can see a small but distinguished selection of works, mainly from the 1950s and 1960s.
In the first two garden rooms, you are welcomed by artists associated with Constructivism and its various offshoots. There are works by Auguste Herbin and Robert Jacobsen, three of Josef Albers’ tributes to the quadrant, and an abstract figure by Oskar Schlemmer, who was associated with the Bauhaus school. One of the women of the avant-garde, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, is also shown here.
The last garden room shows various examples of the extension of the two-dimensional painting approach in Pop Art in the 1960s. The Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto’s purple quadrant with floating cord suspension, Carré Virtuel Violet (Virtual Violet Square), naturally attracts much attention, as does, on the opposite wall, the Italian Lucio Fontana’s spatial concepts: the monochrome and cutaway Concetto Spaziale, Attese (Spatial Concept, Expectation) from 1966 and the perforated aluminum piece New York, from 1962.
Walking through the glass hallways of the North Wing, you encounter first a series of stripes, eight works in the series Untitled (Lottery Stripes) by Poul Gernes from 1965-66. The pieces were previously on display in the Louisiana Park and were presented as part of the collection in 2012.
Two of Alberto Giacometti’s great figures, Spoon Woman and Walking Woman, as well as a number of his very small and minor works, are also on display in the North Wing. Between the Giacometti Gallery and the Asger Jorn Gallery are found several of Gernes’ geometric masonite plates, rebus pictures and collages by the German- Danish Arthur Köpcke, and a series of early works by Per Kirkeby, including Soltemplet (the Temple of the Sun), Mordet i Finnerup Lade (Murder in Finnerup Barn) and Mongolsk Filttelt (Mongolian Felt Tent).