MEN AND MASCULINITY...
This summer we celebrate Louisiana's 60th anniversary with two major presentations designed to showcase the breadth of our collection. Works from the museum’s earliest roots in postwar art and up to the present are brought together across all periods and media in the West Wing (from 20 June) and here in the East Wing, where two themes are highlighted, namely Men and Masculinity and War and Conflict.
The Louisiana’s collection is rich in pictures of people, many of them men. The theme Men and Masculinity clearly shows that masculinity has many faces. While numerous artists after World War II turned to an abstract vocabulary, others stayed with figuration, creating radical counter-images to war-propaganda depictions of strongmen, invincible soldiers and triumphant figures. This dichotomy runs through the collection.
With existential angst, humour and self-deprecation, the works illuminate and puncture a number of cultural clichés about gender that used to be prominent and still figure in pop culture, as well as in political and military ideals. Many of the works are self-portraits that seem to question the concept of the confident male artistic genius.
Artistic statements about political and violent upheavals from World War II to the present are a centre of gravity in Louisiana’s collection. In the galleries highlighting War and Conflict, works made in the aftermath of the war are set by side with art about today’s wars and tensions. Postwar art. Cold War art. Now-war art. Embracing diverse events, themes and aesthetics, a broad and varied picture of our turbulent world is presented, opening up a space of reflection across events, geographies and artistic traditions.
The two collection themes showcased in the East Wing bring together works by among others Shilpa Gupta, Dennis Oppenheim, Bruce Nauman, Marina Abramović / Ulay, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, Pamela Rosenkranz, Ugo Rondinone and Francis Bacon.
ACCESSIBILITY DURING CONSTRUCTION WORK
Please note that Louisiana is presently carrying out several projects to optimize the experience of the museum both aesthetically and functionally. Unfortunately access to the East Wing and its presentation of works from the Louisiana Collection will be limited while these construction works are ongoing (no access by lift).
You can enter the East Wing either from the outside via the Park (from the level below the large set of steps by the Calder-terrace) or via a narrow passage from the Gabriele Münter exhibition in the South Wing. We regret that during this time the East Wing will therefore not be accessible for visitors with difficulty in walking or in wheelchairs.