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Louisiana u-turn on sale of founder's house

Danish museum rethinks after sell-off criticised

Photo by Lars Skov, Sjaellands Nyheder

The board of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art has reversed its decision to sell the house built by the museum's late founder and first director Knud W. Jensen, after facing huge criticism.

The villa was designed by the architects responsible for much of the widely admired buildings that house Louisiana: Jørgen Bo and Vilhelm Wohlert. "There are many views about [the] house, we have listened to all the opinions expressed and found it correct to look into all the opinions expressed and found it correct to look," Poul Erik Tøjner, the museum's director, said in a statement. The museum declined to reveal its plans for the house and grounds.

The foundation that runs Louisiana had planned to sell the property, which is 2km from the museum. It had stood empty since the death of Jensen's widow in 2011. The museum had a potential buyer, who had asked the local municipality permission to demolish the house.

The fact that the building was at risk of being torn down, and the way the foundation had not publicly announced its plans was heavily criticised by Christoffer Harlang, a professor of architecture, and Lars Juel Thiis, the head of the committee for architecture at the Danish Arts Council.

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