All memories of my visits to Copenhagen are inextricably linked to the Louisiana Museum of Art. For me it is one of the most beautiful galleries anywhere in the world. Located in Humlebæk on the edge of the northern coastline, it is easily reached from the centre of Copenhagen by a scenic suburban train ride. On a clear day the vistas overlooking the most perfect landscapes reach across to the coast of Sweden. The museum itself is a wondrous blend of art, architecture and nature.
A mixture of brick, timber and glass, the warm modernist structures designed initially in the late 1950’s by Jorgen Bo and Vilhelm Wohlert are built either side of the original villa. Sweeping around lawned sculpture gardens dotted with works by Calder, Moore and Cucchi the buildings gradually cascade down to the edge of the coast. Glazed spaces between galleries allow orchestrated views out to the garden, lake and sea.
In between viewing exhibitions (either their permanent collection of pivotal modern art, or one of their stellar temporary shows) there is nothing better than escaping to the café set on the waters edge. Walls of glass open up in summer whilst in winter fires burn and candles are lit throughout the various spaces that make up the restaurant.
My favorite is the typically Danish open buffet for a lunch break, always seasonal and delicious. Local specialties such as herrings or salmon tartar are presented alongside fresh vegetables and salads. For an afternoon tea there are butter scones and classic Danish pastries. After an hour of tea taken by the fireplace it’s so difficult to leave Louisiana and head back into Copenhagen!
More info here: www.louisiana.dk
Credit Photo: Albano
Albano is a very talented and accomplished architect, interior and furniture designer. His work speaks for itself: detail oriented, holistic and elegant design. His taste level is probably the most refined i’ve ever seen. Based in Singapore, Albano has a love affair with Paris, London and Antwerp, visiting every museum, designer store, bookstore (and bakery) he can. So i’m more than happy to have him part of Monsieur Jerome. He’ll be presenting his favorite products every now and then. You can see his work here: www.studiodaminato.com.