gather.HYGGE is an exhibition designed for the Royal Danish Embassy’s annual Creative Christmas celebration by four graduate students from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. MA Interior Design candidates Audrey Cotton and Jacqueline Hiersteiner, along with MA Exhibition Design students Maizie Clarke and Alexandra Hunger, will translate the Danish cultural term “hygge” into an installation for all to understand and experience.
The term “hygge” has no real translation, but refers to feelings of joy, warmth, and togetherness. Hygge must be experienced to fully understand its true meaning.
At the public Open House on the 6th, the residence, a 1960s period home designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen in collaboration with Walter Gropius, will be transformed to showcase the students’ concept of hygge and beloved Danish artists including mixed media artist Gugger Petter, experimental modernist Per Kirkeby (currently on show at the Phillips Collection) and impressionist Anna Ancher (coming to the National Museum of Women in the Arts). The Creative Christmas celebration also anticipates the Kennedy Center’s Nordic Cool 2013 festival (February 19—March 17, 2013). “What a spectacular job they have done interpreting Danish HYGGE. The students were tasked with creating the linkage between the various art exhibits we want to introduce to Washingtonians. From now until late Spring 2013, the Washington art scene will primarily focus on Denmark and Nordic Culture” said Ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen.
“The Corcoran is thrilled to partner with the Embassy of Denmark for the fourth year in a row to celebrate the holiday season, Danish design, and the collaboration between our talented graduate students and the embassy,” said Catherine Armour, provost and chief academic officer of the Corcoran College of Art + Design.
ONE-DAY-ONLY OPEN HOUSE FOR THE PUBLIC DECEMBER 6TH A treat for architects, art enthusiasts and cultural buffs alike, this is a one-day-only opportunity to visit the Residence of the Ambassador – a home rarely open to the general public.
Along with viewing the gather.HYGGE exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to meet Danish artist Gugger Petter, who will be present to talk about her work including her portrait of President Obama which is on view.
Visitors will be also be able to see a vast collection of original Modern Danish furniture set in the architecturally magnificent 1960's period home, designed by architect Vilhelm Lauritzen in collaboration with Walter Gropius of the Bauhaus Movement.
• Thursday, December 6, from 3:00pm – 5:00pm • Admission: Free • Location: 3200 Whitehaven St, NW Washington DC 20008 • Metro: Red Line, Dupont Circle Station (Q Street exit) and via several bus lines • No Parking • Limited wheelchair access