This past summer, my husband and I went, for the first time, to Copenhagen. The Danes were, to a person, lovely, full of smiles, and blessed with a witty sense of style and humor. (Is there something in the water in Denmark?) On our last afternoon, we went to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. This is an amazing museum built around the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen (1842–1914), the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries.
Primarily a sculpture museum, the museum is known for its antique sculpture from the ancient cultures around the Mediterranean. We, however, were astonished by its collection of modern sculpture. One of the best parts of travel is exposure to ideas, people, culture, and art one has never before encountered. Our visit to the Glyptotek was one of those perfect traveler’s experiences. We saw art that we both loved and were intrigued by. Perhaps our favorite was the above statue, by Kai Nielsen (1882–1924), called “The Water Mother.” It was, from every angle, amazing.
Each room was a marvel. There were extraordinary pieces from centuries past as well as more modern pieces that took our breath away. We loved this series of Adam and Eve before and after the Fall done by Danish artist by J.A. Jerichau. The latter looks to me as though it could be a Viagra ad!
Have you seen any art lately that blew you away? What’s the best museum you’ve ever been to?