Writing is an Act of Love
On June 7 th 2005 an exhibition about H.C. Andersen´s
writing was opened at Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen.
The exhibition´s architecture is created to fit in three monumental
halls of very different aspect, that is to say the entrance hall to Thorvaldsens
Museum in Copenhagen, the Hall Ségur in the UNESCO headquarters
in Paris and the reading room in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria.
The architecture supports the idea of creating a condensed, poetical space
for these buildings, constructed around the jewel in the exhibition: the
irreplaceable diary pages and almanacs.
The showcase with the manuscripts is almost four-metre-long and the glass
of the showcase is a white-painted steel valance, cut out in a filigree
pattern inspired by Andersens paper cuts. This steel valance looks
as though it were built entirely of fine porcelain like the
Emperors palace in the fairy tale The Nightingale.
white-painted chairs have been created for the exhibition. Each chair
has its own prominent reader of selected fairy tales and diary notes in
nine different languages made possible by built in loud-speakers. The
chair is the tool by means of which the exhibition tells its story. Here,
the writing is transformed into a narrative read aloud. In one of the
chairs you will find a book with the texts that are being read.
The chair can be folded up. Then it looks like The Flying Trunk.
Curator for the exhibition is Annesofie Becker, head of production Martin
Christiansen, exhibition architects Alexander H. Damsbo and Henrik Ingemann
known for its innovative furniture collection, got the honourable commission
to be responsible for the production and carry through the project
the showcase, chairs and screens. The work has been going on since spring
2004 and has been both technical demanding and a challenge.
Källemo has also received the right to produce a limited edition
of the chairs named after Denmarks most famous person. The chair
is a homage to Andersen.