Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Denmark : Peter Doig

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a stunning art destination which I highly recommend, just a quick hour by train north of Copenhagen.

Peter Doig is one of my favorite painters, so it was a great pleasure to see this encompassing exhibition featuring more than thirty of his large scale paintings.

The show was hung beautifully, in a way that allowed each painting to stand alone.

Peter Doig was born in Edinburgh, but spent some time in his teenage years in Toronto which is my hometown.  I grew up driving past the famous rainbow tunnel off the Don Valley Parkway, so was with great nostalgia and anticipation to finally see Doig’s painting in real life.

The architecture of the Louisiana emphasizes the best in Nordic aesthetics – streamlined minimalism, large glass walls, clean neutrals, perfect harmony of interior and exterior. The permanent collection has all of the expected CoBrA Asger Jorn, as well as spectacular Giacometti sculptures, and Kusama’s Infinity room.  The outdoor sculpture garden is the perfect setting for a post gallery picnic where you can eat amongst massive Calder sculptures.

Cute anecdote : It is called the Louisiana because the previous owner of the land had been married three times, all with women named Louise.


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