Hannah here: Louisiana was many things, but none of them were expected. Firstly it's miles out of the centre of town, in a sleepy town on the cliffs above the sea. Secondly, it is not, as I incorrectly presumed, a huge Tate Modern sort of building, but an old house that has been extended and extended over the years, the result being a delightfully higgeldy piggeldy mish-mash of buildings from the 1800's, the 60's and the 00's. Despite being quite crowded at times, it is a calm, peaceful place, charged with a gentle creative spirit. I didn't want to leave. Our arrival coincided marvellously with the opening day of a show from one of my favourite artists- Olafur Eliasson. I have seen quite a few exhibitions of his work but this was by far my favourite. River bed was both stark and beautiful, empty and alive. Acutely sensory and immersive. The physical process of walking is brought into focus, as you traverse rocky terrain and step over the 'river'. "Model Room" blew our minds however. It is an insight into the artists studio, and is, quite simply, geometric, nerdy heaven. My mister and I were wide eyed with delight.
Louisiana has the most amazing kids section over three floors. Frankie sat for almost an hour painting with watercolours. It also has an enormous hidden slide in the woods. Frankie was a little afraid and my butt wouldn't fit on it (I did try) but, so awesome. The sculpture garden has works from some of my favourite artists, and the permanent collection had me by the heart strings too. I wanted to melt into the Asger Jorn paintings and seeing the Alexander Calder sculpture swaying in the wind was mesmerising. (If you hover over the pictures, the artists name should appear) Lastly, on the way out of the museum, Frankie and I were doing a 'leaving the museum' dance to distract from a toddler meltdown when I noticed someone watching us. It was Maggie Gylenhall and when I realised who she was, I just smiled in a slightly frozen, mad way at her. I mean, come on. Maggie Gylenhall! Apparently Margaret Attwood was there too but I didn't see her. See? The perfect place.