- Absolutely Modern
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
salutes Arne Jacobsen
30 August 2002 12 January 2003
Its a modern classic and a classic modern!
that is the subject of one of Louisianas two major annual
shows in the year 2002: Arne Jacobsen. The Danish architect and designer
is having his international revival right now with highlighted evergreens
in furniture design like The Egg and The Swan
and his architectural achievements are evoking increasing interest from
comtemporary architects all over the world. Louisianas exhibition
will be the most extensive centennial celebration of Arne-Jacobsens
birth. It will show Jacobsen in full scale because exactly this concept
of doing things in full scale, this ambition of a total design, is the
core of his whole work.
Louisiana provides a full view of Jacobsens
artistic output, i.e. to let all aspects of his work stand out clearly.
Thus the exhibition will comprise architecture, furniture design, landscape
gardening, textile design, photographs and watercolours, in a deliberate
attempt to incorporate Jacobsens - in a Danish context quite atypical
all-encompassing vision. The staging and structuring of the exhibition
represents a break with the predilection of traditional architectural
shows for informative plates and models. Such will of course be included,
but we have found it important to give a more sensual presentation of
Jacobsens work, in accordance with the great awareness of physical
qualities demonstrated in his work.
The presentation unfolds in three parts. The first
part concerns Jacobsens historical framework, i.e. where he came
from in terms of models, traditions, etc. The second part focuses on some
of his major building projects, while the third presents contemporary
interpretations of the special qualities of his work.
To achieve the latter, Louisiana contacted a number
of internationally famous architects who have taken a special interest
in Jacobsens work; of these, Sejima+Nishizawa/SANAA from Japan,
Gigon/Guyer from Switzerland and Dominique Perrault/Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost
from France have each agreed to be in charge of a gallery, in which they
will install their own interpretation of one of the characteristic features
of Jacobsens work. This approach ensures that the exhibition, rather
than being exclusively oriented towards the past, will attempt to take
up the Jacobsen heritage in a current and internationally relevant way,
in response to the great interest shown in Arne Jacobsen abroad.
The exhibition will thus have a historical as well
as a contemporary dimension. It will make use of models, drawings, settings
and photography, as well as the most recent audio-visual and computer
The exhibition is being organised in collaboration
with ArkitekturInstituttet (The Danish Institute of Architecture) and
two outside consultants: Professor Carsten Thau and architect Kjeld Vindum,
co-authors of the comprehensive Arne Jacobsen monograph published a few
An exhibition catalogue in Danish and English (Louisiana
Revy), as well as posters and a magazine (in Danish) will be published.
Furthermore, an international, two-day conference for professionals will
be held, organised in collaboration with ArkitekturInstituttet and featuring
lecturers from all over the world.
DONG (The National Oil and Gas Company of Denmark)
is the main sponsor of Louisianas exhibitions 2001-2003. The exhibition
is supported by The Kulturbro Foundation, The Centennial Anniversary-Norway
2005 Ltd, Fritz Hansen A/S, The Augustinus Foundation, The RealDanmark
Foundation, PRO HELVETIA, The Arts Council of Switzerland, and The Japan
Museum of Modern Art