Gl. Strandvej 13

Phone: +45 – 49190719
Fax: +45 – 49193505

Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is situated in Denmark on the North Zealand coast in a spacious, old park with a fine view across the sound to Sweden.

It houses an exquisite collection of modern art by international artists such as Arp, Francis Bacon, Calder, Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Sam Francis, Giacometti, Hockney, Kiefer, Henry Moore, Picasso, Rauschenberg and Warhol.

Every year, the Louisiana Museum shows six to eight major exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, including classical masters of modern art as well as new and upcoming international artists.

For these both solo and group exhibitions the museum publishes catalogues in the Louisiana Revy series as well as special catalogues.

Louisiana is not merely an experience in modern and contemporary art, but a congenial reflection of the interplay between art, architecture and landscape.

The park serves as an ideal setting for displaying the museum’s collection of modern sculptures.

Similarly the prominent museum buildings, constructed between 1958 and 1998, offer a fascinating background for the permanent collection of twentieth century art.

The relaxing atmosphere, the museum’s permanent collection, changing exhibitions of art, films, concerts, the children’s wing, the café service indoors and outdoors, the museum shop with its large selection of books, art reproductions, graphics, posters, postcards, design and classical CDs - all combine in making Louisiana a pleasure to visit.

Permanent Collection

Every museum naturally has its own history and develops in its own special way. Louisiana opened in 1958 with a collection of modern Danish art. The original idea was to establish an interplay between visual art, architecture and landscape and in so doing create an unmistakably Danish setting and a haven for people with a serious interest in contemporary art.

The Starting-Point
The Louisiana Collection takes its starting-point in the years just after the Second World War. At this time Danish artists like Robert Jacobsen and Richard Mortensen moved to Paris and came into contact with congenial sculptors and painters who are now represented at Louisiana, e.g. Vasarely, Herbin, Dewasne, Albers, Soto and other artists close to Constructivism such as Gabo, Bill, Rickey and Calder.

Art of the 60s, 70s and 80s
The art of the 60s embraces on the one hand Nouveau réalisme represented by Arman, Tinguely, César, and Raysse and on the other hand pop art, which can be seen in works by Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Warhol, Dine, Oldenburg and Hamilton, who in a joint show give an impression - albeit fragmentary - of the most vital movement of this decade. Nine large and four small works (most of them donated by Marcella Louis Brenner) enable us to demonstrate more satisfactorily pictures by Noland, Kelly and Stella. We have works by several of the artists who made their names during the 60s and succeeded in creating rich and varied oeuvres during the next decade, including Beuys, Kienholz, Merz, Richter, Ryman, Long, Lewitt, Tuttle and Jenney. Chronologically, these are followed by Danes such as Kirkeby and Nørgaard, the Austrian painter Rainer and American artists such as Sin...+ [ Read all ]


Made in China 16.3.-5.8.2007
Contemporary Chinese art is arousing a lot of attention all over the world. Ninety works, from graphic art and ink drawings through painting, sculpture, performance art and installations, give the public a chance to take a first look at art that is rapidly assuming an important place in the global art world. Made in China, the big spring exhibition in 2007, is based on a wide range of works selected from the “Estella Collection”, one of the world’s biggest collections of contemporary Chinese art, which is thus being shown for the first time.

Julie Mehretu is among the most successful young painters of recent years. Mehretu’s mission is to visualize the complexity of the world. She is a master of creating works whose content interprets both a historical and a concrete reality, sophisticatedly drawn out through layer upon layer of symbols and signs. The exhibition features 15 of Julie Mehretu’s works – most of them new. Apart from Louisiana’s showing of a series of drawings at the On Line exhibition in 2006, she is being shown here for the first time in Scandinavia.

Phil Guston: Drawings 1.6.-26.8
At the end of the 1940s and throughout the 1950s the American painter Philip Guston was a highly respected member of the Abstract Expressionist circle of painters in New York. But in his late work – from around 1968 and up to his death in 1980 – he changed his idiom and abandoned abstraction in favour of a strikingly figurative, almost comic-strip-like idiom. Today Gu...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Cindy Sherman-30 years of staged photography
Self-dramatization is a key concept in the American artist Cindy Sherman’s production. She uses herself as model and photographs herself in changing disguises. By manipulating her own body by means of make-up, clothes and artificial body parts, she appears in different forms and figures that range from the amusing and humorous to the provocative and violent. The exhibition has been organized by the Jeu de paume, Paris, and co-produced with the Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.

Exhibitions (20)

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Admission prices:
DKK 80

Students with international
student card: DKK 70

Club Member’s guests: DKK 65

Children up to 18 years: Free

Groups (min. 15 persons)
joint payment:
Per person: DKK 73

Pensioners, students: DKK 70

We accept foreign currency in notes only. Any return will be in Danish Kroner

Guided tours in Danish of the current exhibitions or the permanent collection, max. 30 persons: DKK 745

Guided tours in English of the current exhibitions or the permanent collection, max. 30 persons: DKK 795

Opening hours

Daily 10.00 – 17.00 h

Wednesday 10.00 – 22.00 h
Closed on 24, 25 and 31 Dec

1 Jan open 12-17 h

Getting there

Transport and parking

Louisiana is situated 35 km north of Copenhagen; you can take the motorway E47 / E55, or the coast road Strandvejen along the Sound.

By train (ask for Kystbanen) 36 minutes from Copenhagen and a 10-minute walk from Humlebæk/Louisiana Station.

Trains from Hovedbanegården (Central Station), Nørreport, Østerport, Hellerup and Klampenborg every 20 minutes, even more frequently during rush hours.

Special tickets with discounts available at all train stations in the Copenhagen area.

Travellers from Sweden gets a discount showing an "Øresund rundt-ticket" or a special ticket from Scandlines, HH-Ferries and Sundbusserne.

Parking at the museum and alternative parking at the Humlebæk Centre, about a 10-minute walk from the museum


Information about accessibility - Accessibility for all at Louisiana:

• Disabled parking by the museum
• Entrance for wheelchair users, people with reduced mobility, prams etc. through the Louisiana Club entrance to the right of the main entrance
• Loan of wheel chairs and walking racks
• Loan of baby strollers
• Access to all levels of the museum (except the Giacometti Hall) via ramps or elevators
• Disabled toilets by the entrance and by the museum café
• Free entrance for a person accompanying a disabled visitor
• No smoking in the museum, except in the outdoor park area.
• For further information, please contact the information desk by the entrance

Louisiana Café

At the Louisiana Café you can enjoy the well prepared food either indoors with a beautiful view of the Calder Terrace, the Sculpture Park and the Sound, and sit at the fireplace on a winter day – or in the summer period outdoors on the Calder Terrace.

Café - opening hours:
Monday-sunday 10 a.m - 4.30 p.m
Wednesday 10 a.m - 9.30 p.m

Special offer for groups on weekdays – only with advance reservations and upon agreement with the Special Arrangements Department,
tlf. +45 49190719,
fax +45 193505


The menu of the Louisiana Café offers the hot dish of the day, light dishes, sandwiches, refreshments and a selection of cakes. The Louisiana Chef Søren Bach, takes pride in simple, tasty dishes prepared with fresh quality ingredients often inspired by the season.
10% discount for members of the Louisiana Club
Wednesday Specials
Wednesday evenings from 5.30 p.m till 9.00 p.m. special menu from Dkk. 128,-
The menu changes every week.

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Museum internal and external photos (3)

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News and events

See our numerous musical event with great artists:


The Louisiana Educational department offers:

Instruction to all special exhibitions and the Louisiana collection every weekday between 10.00 and 14.00.

The target group of the Educational department is state primary and lower secondary schools, upper secondary schools and Higher Preparatory Examination colleges, vocational training schools and teacher training colleges.

The instruction is dialogue-based, and we offer the following options: One hour of instruction: DKK200 (the whole target group)

Two hours’ combined museum and workshop visit: DKK 700 (state schools)

Combined museum and workshop visit, duration 4 hours, price: DKK 1000

In connection with all special exhibitions and our regular instruction options in the Louisiana collection we send out free class sets of written age-differentiated instructional material.

In connection with all special exhibitions and new instructional options and material we offer teachers’ courses.



Guided Tours are available in the special exhibitions and permanent collection during opening hours Monday-Sunday 10 am. - 5 pm. Wednesdays 10 am. - 10 pm.

The Guided Tours are conducted by Louisiana’s art historians. Duration: 45 minutes. The tour must be booked and payed in advance.

All tours are offered in English at 795DKK for groups of up to 30 people.
The entrance fee is not included in the Guided Tour but is paid separately.

For special queries on larger events please contact Ms. Tine Bentsen +45 49190719, 9 – 12 hrs. or by e-mail at


Activities for families, children and youth

The activities in the Childrens Wing are designed for children age 3 till 6 years old, 7 till 11 years old, and 12 till 16 years old. All activities in the Childrens Wing takes their startingpoint in the Louisiana museums exhibitions and collection of modern art. Beside a Computerroom and a Storytelling-room the Childrens Wing also houses rooms with open workshops, where children and their adults can work independently with different materials, technics or themes - changing with the different exhibitions.

Activities for institutions
The Childrens Wing offers different artmediating activities designed for families, childrens institutions and their staff.

Picture of the month
YOUR drawing, sculpture, architectural model, photography, collage or painting can become PICTURE OF THE MONTH at Louisianas homepage.

Children at Louisiana - before and now
The museum Louisiana opened the Childrens Wing in september 1994. From the Childrens Wing there is direct access to the Lake Garden with an impressive collection of allottment-houses created by worldfamous architects, landart by Alfio Bonanno and slides from the 1978-exhibition Children is a people.




Monography by Yves Bonnefoys. Flammerion 1991, Paperback 2001. Illustrated. 575 pages Language: English
DKK 335,- (ord. 479,-)


English membership
Club International
Club International

Become a member of the Louisiana Club today and enjoy the wide range of cultural offers
Free admission all year round
Whenever you like, visit Louisiana, the collection, the park, or one of 6-8 temporary exhibitions per year.

Louisiana Revy
The exhibition catalogue Louisiana Revy is issued twice a year in Danish and is sent to you free of charge.
Whenever possible, the Louisiana Revy is also issued in English and is sent to Club International members
Members are allowed a discount of 10% on other catalogues published by Louisiana.

Louisiana Magasin
The members’ magazine Louisiana Magasin includes articles on art, music an culture and a calendar of events is issued on a quarterly basis.
Children up to the age of 18 have free admission to Louisiana.
Visit the Children’s Wing
Accompanying guests
Discounted admission tickets for accompanying guests
(up to six guests)

Museum Café
10% member's discount in one of the most beautifully placed cafés in Denmark overviewing the Sound.
Members-only exhibition viewings
As a member you are invited to see new exhibition on the evening prior to the official opening.

Advance booking or discount on concerts.
See the programme in Louisiana Magasin

Lectures and other cultural events
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Thank you to our sponsors:

DongEnergy is our main sponsor of Louisiana's exhibitions

Realdania Foundation is the sponsor of Louisiana's architectural exhibitions

Nykredit is the sponsor of Lousiana Contemporary

Venue hire

Louisiana is a meeting place for art, architecture and nature with an intense and international atmosphere. Companies and organisations may enjoy these beautiful settings for meetings and conferences and dinners. In connections with an event at Louisiana the museum can offer a range of advantages indoors as well as outdoors: the collection of the museum, temporary exhibitions of international art and a beatifully set sculpture park.
Spaces for rent:
Conference Room
Concert Hall
The Boathouse
The Museum Café

Please contact the event coordinator Ms. Tine Bentsen
for further information and advice in the planning of your next event.