Artist and Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of the Arts was born in Copenhagen I 11947 and one of Denmark's most renowned artists. In 1970 he was known a controversial artist after his exhibition at the museum of modern art Louisiana and continues to create unique works of art in many fields. Among his works are 17 pieces of tapestry for the Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark on display at Christiansborg, the Parliament in Copenhagen. The works of Bjørn Nørgaard have been exhibited numerous times i.e. at the Guggenheim in New York.
To celebrate the Hans Christian bicentenary Bjørn Nørgaard is creating a personally interpreted sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen to be placed at a central location in Andersen's city of birth Odense.
Bjørn Nørgaard was appointed to HCA Ambassador in January 2005 and said at that occasion:
"It?s not that Hans Christian Andersen needs an ambassador or that I feel the need to be appointed. But if I should be ambassador for anyone, Hans Christian Andersen is the artist I'd rather serve.
Hans Christian Andersen was deeply rooted in his time, the National Romanticism in Denmark, and was at the same time our first modern writer and visual artist. Both in his life and his art he points to the modern complexity and pluralism but also to the doubt and quest and the following loneliness that is one of the conditions of Modernity. I receive the title as HCA-ambassador in respect for Hans Christian Andersen?s life and work."
Bjørn Nørgaard and Secretary General of the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation, Lars Seeberg.