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Copenhagen is world famous for its innovative design and art.
Louisiana, by the waterfront, north of the city, is famous for its exhibitions and collections of contemporary art. South of Copenhagen on Køge Bay, there is the multi-museum Arken; and at the Danish Design Centre you will find a mixture of ceramic, lamps, furnitures and architecture. Ordrupsgaard vites to enjoy both art of French Impressionsists and art of modern architecture
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is located in northern Zealand with a panoramic view across the Øresund. The museum frames the sculpture park facing the sea and the interaction between art, nature and the museum architecture is quite unique.
Louisiana is an international museum with a considerable collection of modern art. The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 3000 works and is one of the largest in Scandinavia. It takes its point of departure in the period after 1945 including artists like Picasso, Giacometti, Dubuffet, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Rauschenberg, Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois, Philip Guston, Morris Louis, Jorn, Baselitz, Polke, Kiefer, and Per Kirkeby.
Every year Louisiana offers 4-6 temporary exhibitions, presenting both great modernist artists and the latest international contemporary art in the series Louisiana Contemporary. Throughout the years the museum has persisted in taking the international view as a premise for its exhibitions and Louisiana’s status implies that the museum is able to attract future exhibitions and artists of a standard available to only very few Scandinavian museums.
Louisiana’s exhibition programme has always covered a wide range primarily focusing on the interaction between the different art forms. Louisiana therefore has a long standing tradition of culture-historical exhibitions and of presenting large, international photo, design and architecture shows. The exhibition activities and the development of the collection are closely linked, and thus the exhibitions often leave their mark on the collection thanks to acquisitions and donations.
Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Public Holidays 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Louisiana s art guides have a long-standing experience in making art relevant, meaningful and exciting. On a guided tour you can definitely learn something new and get a better appreciation of the works you are facing.
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The collection comprises over 3000 items, of which many are highly important works. There is a constant endeavour to renew the collection and close ‘gaps’ – in recent years the museum has added Louise Bourgeois, Philip Guston and David Hockney to the collection on the ‘classic modernism’ front as well as important young art from the international contemporary art scene.
Did Shakespeare Visit Elsinore
Did Shakespeare Visit Elsinore and Kronborg Castle In Denmark?
The town of Elsinore on the East coast of Denmark attracts thousands of visitors every year. Their destination is Kronberg Castle, or "Hamlet's Castle" as it has come to be known.
The castle was built by King Eric VII in the early fifteenth century. Its purpose was to command the narrow channel of water navigated by merchant ships on the Baltic trade routes. Each and every ship passing through the sound had to heave to at Elsinore and a tax of one English noble was levied on it.
Any ship that did not stop would be fired on by the cannon on the ramparts of the castle.
Far more often, though, the cannon were fired in celebration rather than in anger. The Danish court was noted for its drinking bouts and on ceremonial occasions, whenever the King or one of his courtiers proposed a toast, the kettle drummers and trumpeters would proclaim it and the gunners on the castle tower would pick up the signal and fire the great cannon on the castle tower.
The custom of "cannon healths" is referred to three times in Hamlet, twice by Claudius in Act One Scene Two, and in Act Five Scene Two, and once by Hamlet in Act One Scene Four.
In that scene, Horatio asks Hamlet why there was a sudden flourish of trumpets and firing of ordinance. Hamlet tells Horatio that it happens whenever the king stands up and drinks down a draught of "Rhenish".
One reason, of course, is that it fits the line, but another is that German Rhine wine was the wine of choice at the time, and Yorick reportedly poured a whole flagon of the stuff on the Gravedigger's head.
Authentic details such as those cause some people to speculate that Shakespeare had actually been to Denmark and visited Elsinore during his "lost years", just as others suppose that he must have been to Italy because of the accurate representation of small details in Italian plays such as The Taming of the Shrew, or Romeo and Juliet.
Furthermore, in the mid 1580s, a group of English actors went to Denmark and performed at Elsinore. Three of the five actors who are recording as having gone to Denmark are also among "The Names of the Principall Actors" listed in the first Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, published in 1623.
That Shakespeare is not named as one of the players who went to Denmark is no proof that he did not go. Since every play required more than five actors it is not unreasonable to suppose that Shakespeare was one of them.
But nor is the accuracy of some of the details proof that Shakespeare went to Denmark. Other details are in the play that are accurate but from a time before Shakespeare could have been in Denmark, while other details are not accurate.
In short, there is no conclusive evidence to nail the argument one way or the other and we are left to speculate on whether the accurate details that occur in Hamlet and other plays were based on direct observation or on a careful gleaning of information from books and from people who had returned from overseas trips.
Either way, Shakespeare's skill was in his ability to see - or hear - details and use them so deftly in his plays to give them a hauntingly poetic-authentic atmosphere.
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