INTERNATIONAL VISUAL ARTS
On the advice of architect Viljo Revell the Didrichsen couple acquired the sculpture Reclining Figure on Pedestal by British sculptor Henry Moore in 1961 to grace the courtyard. This was the beginning of a growing interest towards international modernism. Pioneers of modernism, such as Wassily Kandinsky and other masters from the 20th century from Salvador Dalí to Pablo Picasso, inspired the Didrichsens to indulge in their interest towards the arts. The collection holds works by
Joan Miró, Fernand Léger, Alberto Giacometti, Mark Rothko and Jean Arp, to name a few.
In order to complete the architectural creation, the Didrichsens bought Reclining Figure on Pedestal from Henry Moore to be placed at the entrance in the courtyard. The friendship between Henry Moore and the Didrichsen couple made it possible to acquire a substantial amount of his works, and the collection is the largest in Continental Europe. Exhibitions of works by Henry Moore have been organized at the museum in 1977, 1987 and 2008.
CARL-HENNING PEDERSEN AND COBRA-GROUP
Gunnar Didrichsen followed the art movements in his native country Denmark with great interest. Visits to the Louisiana museum aroused his attraction for Danish avantgarde, and especially towards the CoBrA-group, a movement lead by Carl-Henning Pedersen during the 1940s and 1950s. The basic expression in the group´s artistic programme was spontaneity and individuality, as a contrast to traditions and dogmatism. The art of Pedersen was presented at an exhibition at the museum in 1968.