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Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard's 200th Birthday
May 5, the world-famous philosopher, theologist and author Søren Kierkegaard would have been 200 years old. His bicentennial will be celebrated worldwide throughout 2013
Danish philosopher Søren
Kierkegaard is famous for his thoughts on life and how to take responsibility for one’s own life. 200 years after his birth, people continue to read his work and draw inspiration from it.
Bicentennial celebrations will be held in the period between May 5th and November 11th 2013.
The projects are to be created by a great number of players from fields within culture, research, teaching and media. In all, the anniversary ranges over five continents with events in Europe, China, the US and South America.
Calendar of Kierkegaard events in 2013
Who was Søren Kierkegaard?
Kierkegaard’s main focus was the existence of the individual, and he is commonly referred to as the father of existentialism. His works do not constitute an abstract philosophical system, but describe and analyze many of the passions and potentials that fill the lives of normal people – boredom, busyness, despair, anxiety, humour, belief in God, doubt, irony, love and seduction.
When he died in 1855, Kierkegaard had written about 40 books and a similar number of newspaper articles. There are great differences between the style and genre of the individual works: there are novels, discourses, brief aphorisms and longer philosophical, theological, literary or psychological analyses.
Beyond the borders of Denmark
Kierkegaard’s philosophy has inspired several types of existential thinking, primarily in Germany and France, later on in the rest of the world, inlcuding the US. A great number of prominent philosophers, theologists, psychologists, artists and writers have found inspiration in Kierkegaard’s thoughts.
Kierkegaard has a strong presence in the contemporary art world. Film director Woody Allen often mentions Kierkegaard in his movies, including
his two recent films '
Midnight in Paris'
To Rome with Love'
. Architect Daniel Libeskind and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts have created the exhibition ‘An Observatory of Premonition’ – an exhibition that was shown in Berlin in 1992 and interpreted philosophical, sculptural and architectonic places in Copenhagen where Kierkegaard lived.
Celebrations World Wide
In US, the Kierkegaard bicentennial will be celebrated with events in Northfield, Minnesota where the Hong Kierkegaard Library will host
‘The Seventh International Kierkegaard Conference’
(June 23 - June 27) and in Seattle, Washington with the ‘Kierkegaard Bicentennial’ on November 17th.
The Church of Our Lady
in Copenahgen initiated the celebration Sunday with a commemoration service attended by Her Majesty the Queen. At The Royal Library, Paul Holdengräber from New York Public Library's live scene opened the bicentennial under the subject headline
'Love, Faith, Choice’
dialogued with René Redzepi from Noma, named best restaurant in the world 2010, 2011 and 2012, and authors Siri Hustvedt and Pascal Bruckner.
The Museum of Copenhagen has opened the new exhibition
"Works of Love and Objects of Love"
which examines the nature of love and the reality of the 21st century Copenhagen through their unique selection of Kierkegaard’s belongings.
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