An exhibition on the life and works of world famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen opened for the first time in Korea at the Seoul Museum of History on Dec.3. The exhibition, aptly titled ‘I Belong to the World’, presents Seoulites with the life and works of Andersen, who has enchanted children all over the world with his classics like The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina, and The Emperor’s New Clothes.
The exhibition is divided into two parts: The first part focuses on the life of Dane Hans Christian Andersen and his works with original artifacts such as Andersen’s bed, manuscripts, hand-cut paper ornaments, and his first ever fairy tale published in 1835. It also introduces the Head of State H.M. Queen Margrethe II, and her artworks and designs based on Andersen’s work.
The latter half includes inspired works by American artist Andy Warhol and interactive/activity zones where visitors can read books, watch animated films, and make their own paper ornaments. LEGO artworks depicting scenes from Andersen’s most beloved tales are also on display. Visitors are welcome to unleash their creativity by playing with LEGO blocks and participate in the LEGO building competition to win a prize.
During the opening ceremony, Ambassador Thomas Lehmann introduced Hans Christian Andersen as “an integral part of Danish culture,” adding that although “it has been 210 years since his birth, his more than 150 fairy tales continue to enchant children all over the world with his magical stories, fascinating characters, and everlasting moral messages.”
‘I Belong to the World’ is an international exchange exhibition between the museum and the Odense City Museums, a result of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the respective municipalities of Seoul and Odense last year.
[EXHIBITION ‘I BELONG TO THE WORLD’]
- Date: 4 December 2015 – 21 February 2016
- Venue: 1F Special Exhibition Hall B, Seoul Museum of History (55 Saemunan-ro, Jonggno-gu, Seoul)
- Admission: Free of charge (weekdays 9AM-8PM / weekends and national holidays 9AM-6PM / closed every Monday and 1 January)
- Co-hosted by Seoul Museum of History, Odense City Museums
- Sponsored by the Embassy of Denmark in Seoul, LEGO