HCA NEWS Six German HCA ambassadors appointed

HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark presided over the presentation of the 2005 Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary in Germany

By on - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 08 November 2004

The German contribution to the worldwide celebration of the 2005 Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary was presented at a press conference at Berlin City Hall on Monday 8 November 2004 at 11 am.

HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary presided over the presentation of the German Hans Christian Andersen events. The press conference was hosted by the Danish Ambassador to Germany in association with the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation.

Following the presentation, HRH Crown Prince Frederik appointed six prominent German public figures as Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors. The German Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors are former President of the Federal Association of German Industries Hans-Olaf Henkel, TV hostess Sandra Maischberger, ballet choreographer John Neumeier, actress Katja Riemann, dancer and choreograph Sasha Waltz, and singer and actress Nina Hagen who was unfortunately not able to attend the ceremony and was represented by her manager Klaus Mabel Aschenneller.

All the Andersen Ambassadors are to contribute to the wider awareness and appreciation of Hans Christian Andersen in Germany and internationally. The Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors will furthermore represent the humanitarian foundation, the HCA-abc Foundation, which addresses illiteracy worldwide in the name of Hans Christian Andersen.

The Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, hosted the press conference, and the Danish Minister of Culture, Brian Mikkelsen, was also present. Danish singer Gitte Hænning performed at the ceremony, and the newly appointed German Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador, actress Katja Riemann brought the event to a closure by reading one of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales.

Find enclosed an overview of the German Hans Christian Andersen projects and profiles of the six German Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors.

The presentation of the 2005 Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary in Germany
Date: Monday 8 November 2004
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Berlin City Hall/ Festsaal des Berliner Rathauses
Rathausstr. 15, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Press accreditation required from the Royal Danish Embassy in Berlin
Press Attaché Henrik Hyldgaard Schmidt
Tel: + 49 30 50 50 2201

About the six German Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors:
Nina Hagen:
Singer and actress. Born 11 March 1955 in East Berlin. Professionally trained at Studio für Unterhaltungsmusik. Arrived in West Berlin in 1976 where she established herself as a new wave singer. She has since released several albums and appeared in several film productions.

Hans-Olaf Henkel:
Professor in Business Economics at the University of Mannheim. Born in 1940. Worked for IBM for 30 years and served as Director of their European Division. President for the Association of German Industries (1995-2000). He is currently president for the Leibniz Association where he works with education, science, and research.

Sandra Maischberger:
TV-hostess. Born 25 August 1966 in Munich. She graduated from the German College of Journalism in Munich in 1989. She has since received five awards for her work within German broadcasting, most recently the Kamera Award in 2002. Currently she is assigned to N-TV and is the celebrated hostess of the evening talk show on ARD "Menschen bei Maischberger".

John Neumeier:
Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet since 1973. Born in 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He has studied ballet in Copenhagen and London. Under the direction of John Neumeier, the Hamburg Ballet has become one of the leading German ballet companies. He has received numerous international accolades, most recently in 2003 when he was appointed Knight of the Legion of Honour by the French president Jacques Chirac.

Katja Riemann:
Actress. Born 1 November 1963 in Kirchweyhe. She was trained at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover. She received the Adolf Grimme Gold Award for her debut role in Summer in Lesmona in 1988. Her breakthrough role was in the film Der bewegte Mann in 1994, and she has since appeared in several movies. In 1998, she was awarded Bundesfilm Award as Best Actress for her part in Die Apothekerin and Bandits, and in 2003 she was awarded the Best Actress Award at the Venice International Film Festival for her part in Rosenstrasse.

Sasha Waltz:
Dancer and choreographer. Born in 1963 in Karlsruhe. Trained at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam in 1986. She then founded her own international dance company and has received several awards, among them the Adolf Grimme Award and a critic's award by German film critics. She has taken part in the artistic direction of the Berliner Schaubühne since 1999.

17 February 2005: Berlin

Presentation of the Andersen biography "Hans Christian Andersen"
With author Jens Andersen and translator Ulrich Sonnenberg

The aim of this new biography is to show Hans Christian Andersen as 'the man he was' devoid of romance. The focus is on his personality and his sexuality, which has been subject to much speculation and conjecture, as well as his historical and social context. Author and literary critic Jens Andersen, born 1955, is based in Copenhagen.
The biography will be published in 2005 by the Insel Publishing House. 700 pages. Approx. Euro 26.90. ISBN: 3-458-17251-3

Location: The Nordic Embassies, the auditorium, Rauchstr. 1, 10787 Berlin
Time: 7 pm 
Free admission
Information: www.daenemark.org

29 March 2005: Berlin

Hans Christian Andersen's Copenhagen
Ulrich Sonnenberg lectures on his travel book H.C. Andersens København (ISBN: 3-89561-583-8)

Ulrich Sonnenberg follows in the footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen and guides the reader on a stroll through Copenhagen in the days of Romanticism - from Tivoli Gardens to Christiansborg Castle and the Little Mermaid. The journey is illustrated with photography by Rainer Groothuis reflecting his unique perspective of the city by the Sound. This has resulted in a travel guide with useful information - an engaging book about the history of the city of Copenhagen drawing on Andersen's famous works. A book that wets your appetite. The photos by Rainer Groothuis will be on show following the lecture.
Location: The Nordic Embassies, the auditorium, Rauchstr. 1, 10787 Berlin
Time: 7 pm.
Free admission
Information: www.daenemark.org

1-29 April 2005: Kiel, Eckernförde, Plön, Rendsburg, Neumünster, Hohewacht

The Travelling Companion
Sonja Brandes, paper cuts. An exhibition hosted by the Danish-German Association.

The Danish artist exhibits a number of paper cuts illustrating The Travelling Companion by Hans Christian Andersen. The story is suited for adults as well as children, but with its many ambiguities the story is more rewarding for the adult audience. The story draws on the apocryphal text The Book of Tobias from the Old Testament. The paper cuts, made with quality coloured paper, refer to Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales as well as the original biblical text. The artistic graphic design itself facilitates new approaches to the literary text.

Location: Touring exhibition to visit Kiel (1-29 April 2005), Eckernförde, Plön, Rendsburg (July 2005), Neumünster (August 2005), Hohewacht (September), Kiel (October 2005)
Opening: 1 April 2005, Sparkasse Kiel, Lorenzendamm 28-30, 24103 Kiel
Information: www.deutschdaenischegesellschaft.de, Tel.: +49 (0431)-591 10 50

2 April 2005: Regensburg

De dejligste eventyr (The World's Fairest Fairytale)
A reading with dance performance on themes by Hans Christian Andersen co-organised with the Insel Publishing House.

Location: Museum St Ulrich, Domplatz 2, 93047 Regensburg
Information: www.bistumsmuseen-regensburg.de

6 December 2005: Regensburg

Lang læsenat (A long Night of Reading)
Christmas and winter fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen

Information: dance.project.regensburg,

The Shadow
Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales - as seen by Günter Grass

Hans Christian Andersen has created many unforgettable heroes and heroines: The Princess and the Pea, the Steadfast Tin Soldier, and The Snow Queen. His fairytales are timelessly modern and fascinate people of all ages. The subtext deals with downcasts searching for happiness, or they are parables on those who become victims of fate.

Andersen's stories are subject to reinterpretation, including the way they are illustrated. For more than 150 years, his fairytales of have spellbound illustrators. Günter Grass has selected a number of famous and lesser-known fairytales and illustrated them with lithographies. In one image, the emperor shows off his new clothes, and in another the tin soldier is saved from the belly of the fish. The Shadow is an affectionate homage to the oeuvre of the storyteller and a book for the whole family.

Günter Grass, born in 1927 in Danzig, studied the art of sculpture in the 1950s and has throughout his life created sketches and lithographies, sculptures, and watercolours. His prose and poetry is often illustrated, which is plays an important part in the development of his ideas and characters.

The Shadow
The Fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen - as seen by Günter Grass
280 pages richly illustrated with lithographies.
Cloth bound with dust jacket.
24.5 x 31.5 cm
September 2004
ISBN 3-86521-050-3

New edition of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales

A wide selection of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales will be published throughout 2005 in German-language editions and with illustrations by the Danish illustrator Flemming B. Jeppesen. The books will be published by the Danish publisher Gyldendal, which is already in positive talks with a German publishing house.
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Danish poet, all Danish schools will receive this newly illustrated book in Danish to be used by 12-year-old pupils. The book features 30 of the most important fairytales that every child should know.


Shadow Images - the Mountains of Swiss Saxony

The Danish Royal Library and the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen have planned a major art and cultural heritage exhibition entitled Shadow Images. The exhibition focuses on the motif of the mountains of Swiss Saxony as seen by the poet (Hans Christian Andersen), the painter (Caspar David Friedrich and his circle) and the photographer (Hermann Krone).

Hans Christian Andersen's first major journey abroad was to Germany in 1831. His description of the mountains of both the Harz and Swiss Saxony reflect how connected his was to nature. The same mountains are depicted by the painter Caspar David Friedrich, who in his many sketches from the area creates a metaphysical realm of landscapes. Finally, the photographer Hermann Krone wanders in the footsteps of the Romanticist painter.

The exhibition co-organised by the Danish Royal Library and several German cultural institutions, among them the Krone Collection at Institut für Angewandte Photophysik at Dresden Technical College. Cooperation has been forged with several German cultural institutions with the aim of showing the exhibition at several venues throughout Germany. The exhibition will be on show in Germany following the exhibition at the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen. Negotiations are being finalised with several major German institutions.

United Exhibits Group. "Den største fortælling"/ "The greatest fairytale"
"Die größte Erzählung"

"Hans Christian Andersen - the greatest fairytale" is an evocative journey through the life and work of Hans Christian Andersen told with the author's own words and images. Interactive features bring this wonderful world of Andersen to life, encouraging visitors to engage in telling their own story. The exhibition features original artefacts including some of Andersen's personal belongings, manuscripts, sketches, and paper cuts. The exhibition venue has been designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates of New York.

The advisor to the exhibition, Danish author Johannes Møllehave, explains: "Hans Christian Andersen said that he as a fairytale author did of course imagine that children would be listening to his stories, but he believed they should also speak to the adult audience who read the stories aloud. This is exactly what lies behind the exhibition concept. The exhibition is to offer entertainment to children through Andersen's many characters - the soldier, the witch, the little mermaid, the nightingale, the shepardess and the chimney sweep, the steadfast solider, and so forth, but there should also be food for thought. Hans Christian Andersen speaks to our imagination, as if we were children. Yet even if you live to the age of 80 you will never exhaust his fairytales."

The exhibition venues in Germany will be publicised at a later date.

The state museums of Berlin and the Danish National Gallery in Copenhagen

Large sections of the Golden-Age Romanticist collection at the Danish National Gallery in Copenhagen, Statens Museum for Kunst, are scheduled to visit Berlin during the fall of 2005 where for several months they will feature at the exhibition entitled Hans Christian Andersen's Universe at the newly refurbished Alte Nationalgalerie.

The exhibition will include approx. 100 famous paintings by Danish artists such as Eckersberg, Købke, Lundbye, Constantin Hansen, Jørgen Roed, Martinus Rørbye, and Carl Bloch. The paintings, depicting Copenhagen motifs, portraits, landscapes, and floral motifs, will relate the story of Hans Christian Andersen and his day and age as well as the intellectual circles and the many people he became associated with during his travels in Europe, including Berlin. The works reflect the imagery evoked by his painterly descriptions in his fairytales and novels. The exhibition will include examples of Hans Christian Andersen's own sketches and paper cuts on loan from the Danish Royal Library and the Hans Christian Andersen museums in Odense. Andersen found great interest in the spiritual life in Berlin, and the exhibition seeks to highlight the close ties between Denmark and Germany in the first half of the 19th century. This period of Danish cultural history is currently subject of great interest among scholars internationally. The Danish National Gallery has formerly worked in close cooperation with some of the leading museums of the world, most recently with the National Gallery in Washington DC regarding an Eckersberg exhibition. In 1997, an extensive exhibition on the Danish painter Christen Købke was featured at the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin representing Danish Golden-Age Romanticism. This coming Hans Christian Andersen exhibition - amounting to one of the most extensive loans ever granted by the Danish museum - reflects the close ties forged between the two museums.

Location: Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin, Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday. 10 am - 6 pm, Thursdays 10 am 22 pm.
The dates for the exhibition will be publicised at a later date.

19 June - 26 August 2005: Kiel

Hans Christian Andersen visits Schleswig-Holstein.

The exhibition at the principal library in Schleswig-Holstein features images and documentation that traces Andersen's visits to the former Danish duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. The exhibition focuses on the city of Kiel where Andersen on his journeys disembarked the mail boat and boarded the train. Furthermore, his relationship with Count Conrad Rantzau-Breitenburg and his summer sojourn on the island of Föhr as the guest of King Christian VIII and his Queen Consort Caroline Amalie. Finally, the visit of Andersen to the queen's brother, the Duke of Augustenborg, is also detailed. In addition, the exhibition features a catalogue where the correspondence between Andersen and Conrad Rantzau is documented.

Location: Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesbibliothek Kiel, Wall 47/51, 24103 Kiel
Information: Tel. +49 ( 0431)-6967750, Dr. Renate Paczkowski

The International Hans Christian Andersen Exhibition

Hans Christian Andersen was a fairytale storyteller for children of all ages - but he was much more than that. He was a critical journalist fascinated by science, he was an existential thinker, an experienced travelogue writer, a passionate novelist, a skilful paper cut artist and a neurotic, sex-obsessed eccentric and hypochondriac. He was a man of demons, dreams, passions, and visions. He was a man of flesh and blood.
The international travelling exhibition offers a new image of the great Danish author. It relates the huge success of Hans Christian Andersen through images, documentation, and facsimile of his manuscripts and letters.

2 October 2004 until 1 February 2005: Karlsruhe
Location: Europäische Schule Karlsruhe, the Main Hall, Albert-Schweitzer-Str. 1, 76139 Karlsruhe
Information: Tel. +49 (0721)-6800912

2 April until 14 May 2005: Berlin
Including an exhibition of paper cuts 
Location: The Nordic Embassies, Felleshus, Rauchstr. 1, 10787 Berlin
Information: Tel. +49 (030)-84 71 96 10

July and August 2005: Lübeck
Location: Günter Grass House Lübeck, Glockengießerstraße 21, 23552 Lübeck
Information: www.guenter-grass-haus.de

22 July until mid-September 2005: Marburg
Location: Marburger Haus der Romantik, Markt 16, 35037 Marburg
Information: Tel. +49 (06421)-917160

10 September - 30 October 2005: Glückstadt
Opening: 9 September 2005, 7:00 pm
Location: The Detlefsen Museum in Brockdorff-Palais, Am Fleth 43, 25348 Glückstadt
Opening hours: Tues. 2 - 5 pm, Fri. & Sat. 2 - 6 pm, Sun. 2 - 5 pm
Admission: adults Euro 2.50. Discount Euro 1.50, children under 14 free admission.
Information: www.detlefsen-museum.de

8 November 2005 until 29 January 2006: Hamburg
Location: Altonaer Museum, Museumstr. 23, 22765 Hamburg
Information: Tel. +49 (040) - 42811 3582

17 September until 27 November 2005: Kiel

The Shadow
The literary focus is the masterly tale entitled The Shadow from 1846-47 by Hans Christian Andersen. The story is considered a high-point of Danish Romanticist literature. Hans Christian Andersen's story draws on a multitude of manifestations of the shadow as physical phenomenon to create a fascinating, complex and psychologically charged narrative. New influential approaches will be incorporated that in detail relate to the shadow as motif, including those by Giorgio de Chirico and Cindy Sherman. The exhibition traces the different manifestations and guises of the shadow phenomenon within contemporary art and will include works by 25 international visual artists that widely represent contemporary art within video, film, sound, sculpture, installations, photography, and visual art.

Location: Kunsthalle Kiel at the Christian Albrecht University, Düsternbrooker Weg 1, 24105 Kiel
Opening hours: Tues. - Sun. 10 am - 6 pm, Wed. 10 am - 8 pm, and Mon. closed.
Guided tours: Wed. 6 pm, Sun. 11:30 am and 4 pm.
Information: Tel. +49 (0431)-880 57 56
The exhibition is co-organised by Brandts Klædefabrik in Odense, Kunsthalle Kiel and Landesgalerie Linz and will be featured in 2005-6 in Denmark, Germany and Austria (26 January until 1 May 2006).

November 2005 until January 2006: Hamburg

Hans Christian Andersen and Toys

In collaboration with the museum in the Danish town of Holbæk and Koldinghus in Kolding, the Altonaer Museum in Hamburg celebrates Hans Christian Andersen with an exhibition on toys, focusing on the world of toys represented in the works of Hans Christian Andersen, especially his fairytales and songs. The exhibition relates the story of childhood and toys of the 19th century and features hands-on activities. Exhibits are on loan from all the co-organising museums.

Location: Altonaer Museum, Museumstr. 23, 22765 Hamburg
Information: Tel. +49 (040) - 42811 3582

20 November 2004: Karlsruhe

Day of Lecture at the European School in Karlsruhe

The European School in Karlsruhe will host the national Day of Lecture event entitled Hans Christian Andersen, which will be hosted by the German newspaper Die Zeit. The main feature will be the reading of The Fir Tree in six different languages.
Students at the school will work with the following projects: performing readings of their own fairytales (Senior classes will read aloud to those younger than themselves); reading and analysis of an Andersen fairytale involving Finnish students; a theatre troupe will perform The Swineherd in French and German in kindergartens; readings of Andersen fairytales performed for senior classes in German, English, French, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, and Dutch; a project entitled Fairytales for all Senses performed by mothers of pupils at five language departments who will read for the school's first-grade pupils in the library.

Location: Europäische Schule Karlsruhe

10 - 12 December 2004: Sankelmark

Seminar: Hans Christian Andersen's 200th Birthday

Over the course of a weekend, seminar delegates will delve into the world of Andersen and gather insight into Andersen's journey to Italy, read about his encounter with the former Danish duchies of Northern Germany, including the town of Lübeck, and will study the correspondence between Andersen and Count Rantzau of Breitenburg. Speakers will include Professor Dr. Heinrich Detering, who is an Andersen translator, and Dr Bernd Kretschmer, director of the Danish Culture Institute in Germany, and philologist Dr. Wilfried Hauke, who is a TV producer, as well as many other Andersen experts. 

Location: Europäische Akademie Schleswig-Holstein e.V., 24988 Sankelmark
Information: Tel. +49 (04630)-55 112, www.eash.de

The Summer Semester 2005: Freiburg

Public Lectures on Hans Christian Andersen

Location: the Albert Ludwig's University, Fahnenbergplatz, 79085 Freiburg
Time: Every Wednesday between 6 and 8 pm 
Information: www.skandinavistik.uni-freiburg.de

April until September 2005: Berlin

Guided city tour: Hans Christian Andersen in Berlin

The guided city tour Andersen in Berlin follows in the footsteps of the famous traveller starting from Brandenburger Tor and continuing to Gendarmenmarkt and Berliner Dom. While passing landmark heritage buildings we relate the story of Berlin through diary entries, letters, and original texts by Andersen.

Information: , Tel. +49 (030)-25 20 40 22
Languages: German, Swedish, Danish
Duration: approx. 2 hours

Hans Christian Andersen at Schools

In association with the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation, the Danish Centre for Children's Literature has developed inspiring educational resources for children between 6 and 16 years of age. The resources feature the following:

An article on the life and work of Hans Christian Andersen, on different versions of his fairytales as well as the questions as to whether he wrote for children or adults. Furthermore, suggestions are offered for new and creative approaches to understanding his fairytales. An exhibition can be downloaded directly from the official website hca2005.com. The exhibition offers related resources for class teaching.

The educational resources will be made available in many languages. The German version is already available on the official website hca2005.com. All resources are free of charge.

Media partner, TV

The Hans Christian Andersen 2005 bicentenary media partner is the Danish public-service broadcaster, Danmarks Radio (DR), which has scheduled the production of a two-part documentary on the life and oeuvre of Hans Christian Andersen. The programme will be screened in Denmark in the spring of 2005. The documentary is co-produced with German broadcasters. The documentary portrays Andersen's journeys in Germany.

Berliner Märchentage (Berlin Fairytale Days)

3 - 13 November 2005: Berlin

In 2005, the Berlin Fairytale Days will be featured as the Hans Christian Andersen Fairytale Days, The Galoshes of Fortune, in honour of the great fairytale writer. This will bring the fairytale days in Berlin back in full circle to when the event was originally launched in 1990 to celebrate Andersen's birthday. However, the event, which will be the world?s largest fairytale festival, will tour Germany from 22 October to 2 November 2005. As an apt heading, the Hans Christian Andersen Fairytale Days will be featured in Berlin under the catchphrase: 'The whole world comes to Berlin.'

The organisers, Märchenland e.V., will present Hans Christian Andersen's work between 3 - 13 November. More than 1000 events will be hosted at 300 venues, including all art forms and catering to all age groups.

Information: www.berliner-maerchentage.de, Tel. + 49 (030)-34 70 94 78