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Humlebaek, near Copenhagen. Collection of modern art founded by the Danish merchant Knud W. Jensen (1921–2000) in 1958. It is housed in a series of buildings erected in stages between 1958 and 1982 and linked to a 19th-century house called Louisiana (this had belonged to a nobleman—an ancestor of Jensen's—who married three times, each wife being called Louise). The museum buildings are modern in style, but they make extensive use of rustic materials and are sympathetically related to the beautiful setting, near the sea and a lake (many of the walls are predominantly glass, allowing views of the surrounding landscape, and much of the sculpture in the collection is shown in the open air). The museum is particularly rich in Danish works, but it also has the best collection of international modern art in the country.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden — Art.


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