Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Kennedy Center's Apollo-Saal

"The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in association with the Royal Norwegian Embassy, presents Edvard Grieg--Art and Identity, as part of the centennial celebration of Norway's independence.

Based on the life and music of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), the exhibition explores the contributions he made to strengthen his native country's identity through his work. It tells his life story in great depth through his music, diaries, articles, speeches and letters using text, images, notes, installations, multimedia displays and audio zones. The exhibit features works of art from the "Golden Age" of Norwegian painting, including works by J.C. Dahl, Adolf Tideman, and Erik Werenskiold, which create a historic and artistic backdrop. In addition, the exhibit includes some of the composer's personal belongings including his mute piano, concert dress, conductor's baton, and Gustav Vigeland's bust of Grieg, among many other items.

Grieg found his inspiration in the Norwegian landscape and the paintings in the exhibit illustrate the period in the 19th century when Norway experienced a budding cultural life and a growing sense of national identity. When Norway gained its independence from Sweden in 1905, Grieg wrote in his diary, "The long life's struggle for the individual, as for the nation, has been the greatest joy. Freedom--it is the fight for freedom!"

The exhibition has previously been shown in Prague, Karlovy Vary, Leipzig, Berlin, Caen, Münster, Brussels, Liège, [St.] Petersburg and Klin."

Kennedy Center, North Gallery, Roof Terrace Level
Closes December 16, 2005.

Source: http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showEvent&event=ZGEDG

"Der Apollo-Saal in der Staatsoper Unter den Linden mit seinen korinthischen Säulenpaaren und dem ornamentreichen Marmorfußboden bietet ein exklusives Ambiente für Kammerkonzerte, Liederabende und Einführungsveranstaltungen."

Berlin Staatsoper - Apollo-Saal
Unter Den Linden 7
10117 Berlin [Mitte]

Photo and text credit: http://www.staatsoper-berlin.de


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