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The Artworks

All 37 artworks are borrowed from Danish Arts Foundation (DAF). As the largest state governing body funding the arts in Denmark, Danish Arts Foundation works by the use of the so-called arms-length principle, meaning that the members of the foundation’s committees are artists themselves, and they choose the artists that receive grants, prizes, scholarships etc. 

With Art in Embassy in Washington, the Danish Art Foundation has for the first time lent such a big number of works to an embassy abroad.

Head of Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Crafts and Design Project Funding, Astrid Krogh, is looking forward to experience the many art works at the Embassy in Washington:

“Culture does not thrive in a vacuum, but develops and thrives in interaction with other cultures. And if Danish art and design at the Embassy in Washington can be part of engendering debate and conversation about something as mundane as the plate we eat from or the cup from which we drink, then the communication of Danish values is fruitful..."

The 37 new works are selected and curated by Danish Arts Foundation based on a wish to give edge to the functionalism of the 1960’s, while also showing some of the best works from the Danish art scene today. The artworks respect, and at the same time push, the original architectural intensions of the building (simplicity and light). The works play on our expectation of what ‘art’ is and how it is created. In the selection there are no traditional paintings, but rather the artists express themselves by using materials that are not typically used in relation to art.. Many of the artists represented in Art in Embassy are placed in between craft/painting/sculpture and experiment with both materials and expression.

Photo credit: Matailong Du

Art in an embassy is somewhat different from art in a museum. People do not come to experience art, but that does not mean that art in an embassy context is without meaning. As a visitor at an embassy you often stay a while and might even return many times. As such, some works of art might over time ‘open up’, raise questions, engender dialog and maybe even debate.

 

Photo credit: Matailong Du

The second part of the collaboration project with Danish Art Foundation, Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding, was finished in December 2016: a complete tableware of Danish design for 30 people at meetings and dinners at the Residence.

In collaboration with the Danish curator group “Butik for Borddækning” consisting of ceramist Pia Baastrup and Kirstine Kejser Jenbo, textile printer Anne Fabricius Møller and glass designer Tora Urup, the tableware has obtained an unique expression that both manages embracing contemporary coherence and timelessness.

View the artworks in Art in Embassy here.

View a video of the artworks on Danish Arts Foundation's Facebook page here.

Read more at vores.kunst.dk .