Three Days in Copenhagen: The Louisiana Museum

copenhagen14It is one of the great tragedies of our marriage, that I enjoy art museums and Matt does not. I’d go as far as to say he married me under FALSE PRETENSES, as he attended a prestigious art school for a year, except I knew going in he was anti-museum. I actually think art school is partly responsible for this. Matt is violently allergic to pretentious.

But I, as a stereotypical Libra, love museums. Even the pretentious ones. As long as you’re showing me pretty things in a hushed, relaxing atmosphere, I am in.

It is a testament to just how darn cool the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is, that we both loved it. Even Dexter felt the love, as there were tons of great, artsy kid things to do, as well.

The Louisiana is a key reason to get a Copenhagen Card. It’s located about a half hour train ride outside of the city, and with the card, both the transport and admission are covered. There’s a pleasant walk from the train station where some enterprising locals have set up wares for sale – all tables unmanned, on the honor system.

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During our visits, the featured artists were Daniel Richter and Poul Gernes. I liked both but Matt did not care for Gernes – he’s also not a fan of overly simple works praised as high art.

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Sorry, poor uncomfortable museum-goer who was just trying to walk through.
Sorry, poor uncomfortable museum-goer who was just trying to walk through.
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Smiling through his distaste.

The galleries are really, really wheelchair and stroller friendly, but their methods of accommodation are interesting. There are standard elevators and ramps but also… lifts, I guess, for lack of a better word. Their level of function varies wildly. My favorite was the cage that jerked and chugged Matt and Dex upward, bouncing them with such force that poor Dexter’s little cheeks jiggled.

The lower floors are for the children. (And tired parents. Coffee/tea station, and lots of tired-looking moms peacing out with lumps of clay alongside their kids.) First up was a drawing room where Dexter showed mild interest (it wasn’t that great) and then a little Lego room where he and Matt had a ball. I’m showing great restraint only posting seven photos from the Lego room because I took about a hundred and they’re all adorable.

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Matt helping Dex spell his name in Legos on the wall. Apparently the large amount of diagonal lines make this challenging.

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Down another floor, to where the paint and clay live.

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The suggested activity.
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But Dexter just saw a bunch of blocks begging him to climb in and stack and play.
I asked Matt to please take this photo, of us, and he looked at me and said, "I'm trying to ENJOY THE MOMENT right now," so I made a tiny Matt sculpture and then smashed it.
I asked Matt to please take this photo, of us, and he looked at me and said, “I’m trying to ENJOY THE MOMENT right now,” so I made a tiny Matt sculpture and then smashed it.

Dexter only tried to eat the clay once.

I think the real showstopper at the Louisiana, though, is the grounds.

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A nice rando dude at the top of the pyramid offered to take this for us, and he grabbed my phone and leaned waaaaaay back, scaring the hell out of us. Of course, he got a great shot, and then I kicked myself for not removing Dexter’s paci.
This is me attempting to document how terrifyingly steep the pyramid is. I failed.
This is me attempting to document how terrifyingly steep the pyramid is. I failed.
Ol' Rainbow Face strikes again.
Ol’ Rainbow Face strikes again.

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In addition to the stunning “backyard,” there were trails to explore, of varying levels of difficulty. They rewarded hikers with surprise art installations and breathtaking views found in unexpected spots.

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Sailboats!
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I thought this photo would turn out cooler. Oh, well.

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We give the Louisiana a thumbs-up.

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I know, I know. I’m sorry. I couldn’t help myself.

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