The exhibition is set up as a studio exhibition, offering insight into the work processes characteristic of Henning Larsen and his studio. The intention is to shed light on his ability to capture the spirit of his time while maintaining a sense of continuity, and on the way in which he manages - by extracting the essence of the new - to translate it into a consistent and convincing architectural idiom, expressed in a contemporary and sophisticated formal language.
Analysis is a key-word in his working process. Openness and contextuality are others. His strength lies in simplification and in an uncompromising purity of form and function, evident in his use of simple, archetypical elements and themes such as the house-within-a-house, the internal street - and in his orchestration of daylight.
Many of Henning Larsen's studio projects have been designed as entries in competitions, often a driving inspirational force in the studio's development. It could be said that these projects have assumed the character of basic architectural research. Other driving forces have been experiences and inspiration gathered in connection with travelling and a fascination with local architectural references. All of these elements influenced the succeeding creative process and have been integrated into the working methods at Henning Larsen's Studio.
The exhibition, designed specially for Louisiana's galleries and set up to resemble a building-site is a presentation of current projects, showing experiments with materials, facade-mock-ups, slide and video projections, etc. The exhibition also includes scale models and photos documenting Henning Larsen's extensive production. One section shows travel photos, architectural references and other inspirational source material.
The periodical SKALA, originally published by the Henning Larsen Studio, will be issued in an anthology on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. (Ed. Kjeld Vindum).