Michael Sheridan on the architecture of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art was constructed in eight phases during 1957 – 94, all of them designed by the same group of architects and supervised by the founder and director, Knud W. Jensen. Despite the consistent personnel, the varied characters of the galleries reveal a continuous questioning of the museum’s focus: of precisely what type of modern art should be exhibited and collected. Tracing the development of Louisiana – from an idealistic experiment in displaying Danish art to a pluralistic institution of international scope and stature – reveals the degree to which that museum has always been (and continues to be) a testing ground for competing visions of Modernism.
Michael Sheridan is an architect in New York City, a scholar of modern Danish architecture, furniture and design, and the author of five books on those subjects. Sheridan’s association with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art extends back to 2002, and his history of the museum; Louisiana – Architecture and Landscape, is the result of primary-source research conducted over more than a decade. He was educated at the University of Minnesota and Columbia University.