After quite a bit of back and forth around Copenhagen yesterday, we decided to dedicate today to one main activity – visiting Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The museum is about 30 minutes north of the city, perched dramatically overlooking the Øresund Sound.
Louisiana is a fantastic museum. And it’s an amazingly fantastic museum for children to join along. After spending a fair amount of time at the cavernous and very white MoMA in New York, I really appreciated the warmth of Louisiana and the building’s connection to the natural landscape. As Grace and I wandered through the galleries we decided to pay special attention to the color purple (there was lots of it!) and to the quality of a painting’s brushstrokes (we saw lots of wide brushstrokes with thick paint left on the canvas to dry).
But Grace’s absolute favorite part was the three floors of art activities for children – she could use watercolors, make multimedia collages, play with yellow Legos, paint with acrylic-style paints, and sculpt!!! Activities were set up to be child driven, but there were also inspirations from the current exhibits provided. She and I both loved it, and Grace practiced some of the wide brushstrokes with thick paint to create a seascape inspired by Emil Nolde’s seascapes. We also spent some time wandering around the sculpture gardens surrounding the museum and discovered a giant slide hidden among the birch trees. According to Grace, it was “awesome.”
We returned to Copenhagen on the train and walked, walked, walked all around the city, just to soak everything in on our final evening, picking up a little gift for Max along the way. We’ve missed him (and Carl too, of course!).