Nordic Cool 2013: Exhibition: New Nordic--Architecture and Identity (Denmark)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - Sunday, March 17, 2013

From Denmark's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, this exhibition explores the relationship of Nordic culture, identity, and architecture.

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Located outside of Copenhagen, Denmark, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art has one of the largest permanent collections in all of Scandinavia. New Nordic--Architecture and Identity is the museum's first in a series of exhibits that investigate architecture's relationship with culture and identity. New Nordic sets out to explore whether or not certain specifically ‘Nordic' features appear in architecture and, if so, how these manifest. Two segments of the larger exhibit will be on display at the Kennedy Center during Nordic Cool 2013:

Five Nordic Houses/Pavilions
In order to show similarities and differences in the Nordic countries, the museum invited five Nordic architects to each build a small dwelling which best suits the style and needs of the architect's home country: Studio Granda of Iceland, Johan Celsing of Sweden, Jarmund/Vigsnæs of Norway, Lassila Hirvilammi of Finland, and Lundgaard & Tranberg of Denmark. Each house is an expression of the architect's regional identity and experiences.
What is Nordic? -- Nordic Dioramas
Is there a Nordic identity? Can one, despite the tendency of globalization to erase national and cultural differences, still understand identity as something associated with a parti­cular place? How has the Nordic identity developed alongside the development of the rest of the world? In an attempt to answer these questions, the Nordic Dioramas installation begins with another question: "What does Nordic mean to you?" Several cultural personalities from the Nordic countries and territories provide their answers in these small dioramas to be displayed during the festival in the Atrium.

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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: Five Nordic Houses/Pavilions

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