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The Niels Wessel Bagge Art Foundation has presented the Louisiana Museum with a unique collection of primarily pre-columbian ceramics from North, South and Central America - i.e. Indian art and artifacts from before the European colonization that began around 1500 – as well as objects from Africa, New Guinea and ancient Europe. This collection greatly enriches Louisiana’s own permanent collection, as the art of foreign cultures has played a significant role in the development of 20th-century modern art. The attraction exerted by ethnographica on Western artists has made us more visually receptive and expanded our concept of art, as demonstrated by a great many exhibitions at Louisiana.
The collection was created by the Dane Niels Wessel Bagge who, after an international career as an actor, dancer, choreographer and scenographer, settled in California, and in the course of three decades built a large, private collection of art. It is the ethnographical part of this collection which will now be housed at Louisiana. It includes utensils and various artifacts that have played an important role in the religious worship and cult practises of these early civilizations. The exhibition will present the ethnographical collection in its entirety and place it in a historical perspective by means of maps, soundtracks and text.
In connection with the exhibition, the Louisiana Museum, with support from the Wessel Bagge Foundation, will publish a book, written by the art historian Hanne Pedersen, presenting a comprehensive description of the entire Wessel Bagge collection.