November 2011
Auction, Opera and Art

We are celebrating Jesper BruunRasmussen's 50 years in the business with an international anniversary auctionof art, antiques, design and jewellery in the auction room at Bredgade.

Treats for the art lover 
The very biggest names in Danish fine art are here. Some of the highlights include C.W. Eckersberg's prospect from Rome and two works of museum class by P.S. Krøyer - the motif of two boyshaving fun bathing at Skagen Strand beach in 'the blue hour' from 1899 and not least his powerful portrayal of some fishermen returning from sea. 

Tycho Brahe's "De Nova Stella"
One of the auction's true raritiesis a first edition of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe's world famous book from
1573 on his discovery of the new star, "De Nova Stella". It marked the beginning of the young Tycho Brahe's career and heralded the start of a veritable revolution within astronomy.

The first from the greatest!
The modern furniture sectionfeatures a couple of rare early Arne Jacobsen easy chairs from 1927, which have
been in the ownership of his family until now. An exquisite piece ofcabinetmaking is also to be found in Poul Kjærholm's exam piece - a bureau he made in 1948, aged 19. Both are a world away from the familiar
steel furniture the two architects are known for.

Preview: Thursday 24 November - Sunday 27 November 2011

Auction: Monday 28 November - Thursday 8 December 2011

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The Visit of the Royal Physician
by Bo Holten

A captivating, award-winning historical opera based on P.O. Enquist's brilliant bestseller about one of Danish history's most intriguing ménages à trois set in a time of turmoil prior to the French Revolution.

Bo Holten has composed the spectacular score inspired by the era of Christian VII, Struensee and Caroline Mathilde. Peter Oskarson has created the magnificent set design and vivid costumes.

Experience Johan Reuter in the starring role as Royal Physician Struensee and Gert Henning-Jensen
in one of the greatest roles of his career as Christian VII.

Danish title:
Livlægens besøg

The Visit of the Royal Physician is performed in Danish with English supertitles

The Opera House, Main Stage

16 Nov. - 13 Dec. 2011

DKK 95-695

Tickets for the Royal Danish Theatre can be purchased online at or from the Royal Danish
Theatre Box Offices.

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18 NOVEMBER 2011 - 14 FEBRUARY 2012
It is with great pleasure that Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, as planned, opens the exhibition LOUISIANA CONTEMPORARY - Ai Weiwei with a number of the Chinese artist's works from the years 2003-2010.

Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) has to a rare degree alternated in his practice between traditional physical artworks, conceptual projects, social activities, design and architecture. This has given his oeuvre the character of
a compass that registers the currents of the age in art globally, and stimulates discussions of the role of art
in his native China.

Ai Weiwei expresses himself in a distinctive, simple formal idiom, in a dialogue with factual history and personal memory. His art relates to the universal human condition and insists on respect for the

The exhibition
By using traditional Chinese materials and craftsmanship as well as modern industrial technology, Ai Weiwei's works not only reflect and thematize the main currents of the twentieth century - its dreams and monuments; at the same time they attempt, like all living art, to leave a mark in the eternally flowing present.

The exhibition at Louisiana is showing three large, striking works: Forever, 2003, Fountain of Light, 2007 and Trees, 2009-2010, as well as a number of films.

Forever, the earliest work in the exhibition, has connections back to the artist's fascination with the father-figure of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp. 42 bicycles of the 'Forever' brand, the favourite means of
transport of the Chinese for decades, have been ingeniously stacked in a cylindrical tower, a 'cycle' that goes nowhere, since either handlebars or pedals have been removed.

The work Fountain of Light is a shining seven-metre tall crystal tower, spectacularly placed in the Louisiana Sculpture Park. The work refers to the Russian architect Vladimir Tatlin's (1885-1953) never-finished tower, created for the Third International in 1919 during the Russian Civil War.

Trees, four trees stretching from floor to ceiling in the museum's Large Hall, consist of trunks and
branches slotted together from individual pieces of Chinese camphorwood. Individually they stand there without growing, but in the assembled form they unfold impressively and transform dead matter into a
metaphor of growth and life. Among the trees there are two smaller rock formations, Rocks, independent works in blue-painted porcelain, forming an overall work that challenges the viewer's
idea of the archetypally Chinese.

In addition the exhibition presents three of Ai Weiwei's films in the documentary genre, showing how the artist works as an activist. In the films the artist raises a kind of monument to his own time by demonstrating the strength of the individual.

Louisiana Talks
A 35-minute interview with Ai Weiwei, recorded at Louisiana in connection with the artist's visit in December 2010, will also be on display. Christian Lund, the organizer of the literature festival, talks to Ai Weiwei. The recording is part of a new series of interviews, Louisiana Talks, which the museum is launching in the course of 2012.

On-line special catalogue and article in Louisiana Magasin no. 35
An online catalogue has been uploaded at with an article by Lotte Philipsen, PhD in art history.

The exhibition will be shown subsequently at the De Pont Museum in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Works by Ai Weiwei have been shown earlier at Louisiana in connection with the exhibition Made in China in 2007 and the museum's big architecture exhibition Frontiers of Architecture III-IV - Living in 2011.

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