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ILLUMINATION

New contemporary art at Louisiana

1.3.2016 - 11.9.2016

Louisiana presented a cornucopia of international contemporary and classic works of art acquired from 2012 to 2015—almost one hundred works within painting, photography, sculpture and installation.

At Louisiana the opportunity for in-depth insight into the art of the present must be featured. The museum therefore upholds ambitious goals for the acquisition of contemporary art in order to create surprising and eye-opening perspectives on our time.

Since 2012 Louisiana has acquired 162 works by 71 artists through donations and purchases—and has thus given the Danish cultural heritage an international boost. A number of these works – from small-scale and intimate works to gigantic pieces, from series in their own right to installations, which take up a whole room - were selected for the exhibition Illumination, representing the largest presentation of new works of art in the collection in the museum’s almost 60-year history.

Illumination was an exciting encounter with artists such as Andreas Gursky, Franz West, Cindy Sherman, Julie Mehretu Alex Da Corte, and Tacita Dean, as well as many others from the global art scene. A wide field of both familiar and unfamiliar names - including several young artists not previously represented in the museum’s collection.

AN OVERVIEW
ONLINE

The works from the Illumination and Fire Under Snow exhibitions are also presented in images and words on a special subsite.

ABOUT THE
NEW WORKS

Acquisitions 2012-2015 is a compact guide to the works and artists that were presented in the exhibitions Illumination and Fire Under Snow.

ART ALIVE - A TWO-DAY ART FESTIVAL AT LOUISIANA

On the occasion of the exhibitions Illumination and Fire Under Snow, Louisiana hosted the art festival Art Alive 6-7 May. Here, museum visitors got a chance to meet an array of artists with connection to Louisiana's collection, exhibition and recent acquisitions. Among the participating artists were Shilpa Gupta, Rineke Dijkstra and Ragnar Kjartansson - and his mother.

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