ON THURSDAY evening, May 1, two FotoDC events took place in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the White House Correspondent’s Dinner weekend. A creative exhibit of White House News Photographers Association’s best political photographs from 1900 to present – in partnership with FotoDC and Brightest Young Things — opened at the W Washington DC Hotel across from the White House. This event was hosted by Theo Adamstein, Kristin Guiter, Philippa Hughes, Svetlana Legetic, Sheldon Scott and Kate Warren. The exhibition runs through May 20.
ON FRIDAY, May 2 at 6 p.m. there will be an art opening at Hardeko, Bj?rkstigen 3 in Bispg?den, Ragunda, J?tland, Sweden, featuring Swedish photographer Eva Fidjeland and other artists. AthensArt is a network of artists living in different parts of the world, and every year they exhibit their work together. This year Sweden has been chosen as the country for AthensArt’s annual arts festival.
THE SHOW, which runs through May 11, is organized by Center of Arts 4 Seasons and Hardeko and Mr. Geert Weggen. For information about the participating artists, please visit http://athensart-2010.ning.com/.
EVA FIDJELAND is an artist, poet and photographer who lives in Orrefors, Sweden. She was born in Stockholm in 1955. Her art reflects cultural influences from childhood years spent in Portugal, Lebanon, Iran and Afghanistan. In 1978 she went to live in the artists’ village Ein Hod in Israel, where she learnt the art of making stained glass from Professor Joseph Chaaltiel – http://ein-hod.info/artists/ora.
UPON RETURNING to Sweden Ms. Fidjeland was approached by the Vasa Museum to reconstruct glass details for the famous Vasa Ship from the 17th century — http://www.vasamuseet.se/en/The-Ship. The new Vasa Museum was inaugurated in 1990.
EVA Fidjeland has exhibited her work at numerous museums and galleries in Sweden as well as abroad.
DOMINIC RICHARDSON, writer and editor of Art Bracket LLC (www.artbracket.com) writes this about Eva Fidjeland: “A new trend in visual art is emerging due to artist Eva Fidjeland’s implementation of an innovative, creative approach to the process of manufacturing art. The artist is known internationally for creating in a variety of mediums, from the traditional canvas to digital, and is currently presenting her work in a new style of collaborative art. The artist is displaying her creative expertise within the various mediums and is also transforming her physical expression and character for introduction within her creations. Fidjeland is seamlessly incorporating aspects of digital technology with visual and performing art, creating unique works that tell stories through intricate details.”
ON THURSDAY, April 10, the exhibition “Women of Egypt” by the Norwegian-born, Egypt-based painter Britt Boutros-Ghali opened at Syra Arts in Washington, D.C.
MRS. BOUTROS-GHALI – who is considered one of the important Norwegian artists of this century – is known for her vibrant, colorful and energetic paintings. In the late 1950′s she studied painting and sculpture under Ellen Christensen and Ferdinand Lunde in Oslo. Her earliest work debuted in Paris at Galerie de L’Universit?in 1965 at the same time that Niki de Saint Phalle joined her onto the Paris art scene. She participated in the Abstract Expressionist movement in Europe in the 1960′s and 1970′s, and has exhibited internationally throughout her career. Her work is widely collected in both public and private collections worldwide.
BRITT Boutros-Ghali was born in 1937 in Svolvaer in northern Norway. She has spent the last 35 years in Egypt and her studio is a barge on the Nile. The many years spent in Egypt’s rich, colorful and exotic culture and environment has greatly influenced her work.
THE EXHIBIT runs through 10 May, 2014. Syra Arts is located at 1054 31st Street, N.W. #A, Canal Square in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 20007. Tel. 202-733-8199.
“A WORLD OUT OF BALANCE: Surplus of Politics, A Deficit of Ideas” was the topic at the Bertelsmann Foundation and Financial Times sixth annual conference on Thursday, April 10, and focused on 21st century growth sectors and TTIP, with lessons from 1914 for today. The conference was arranged in conjunction with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund spring meetings.
THE CONFERENCE’S featured speakers included among others Martin Blessing, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors, Commerzbank; Charles Boustany, Jr., MD, U.S. Congressman (R-La); August? Carstens, Governor, Bank of Mexico; Christopher Clark, Author, “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914;” Jacob Frenkel, Chairman, JP Morgan Chase International and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Group of Thirty; Jason Furman, Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers; Peter Orszag, Vice Chairman, Global Banking, Citigroup; and Adam Posen, President, Peterson Institute for International Economics and former Member, Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee.
THE CONFERENCE was preceded by the annual opening reception on Wednesday evening at the National Portrait Gallery, where the keynote speaker, the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim talked about the organization’s agenda for the future and its goal to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.
HOSTS were Aart De Geus, President and CEO, Bertelsmann Foundation; Liz Mohn, Vice Chairwoman, Bertelsmann Stiftung; and Annette Heuser, Executive Director, Bertelsmann Foundation.
THE SWEDISH-AMERICAN Cultural Union (SACU) in Washington, D.C. is offering a private guided tour of the new glass exhibition “Homeland” by the world famous Ingalena Klenell at the House of Sweden on Thursday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street, N.W.
THE TOUR will be followed by a lunch afterward at the Sequoia Restaurant in Georgetown.
MEMBERG COST is $25, non-members $29. Reservations are required. For reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Tuesday, April 22. The restaurant will offer: Grilled chicken Caesar, Sequoia cheeseburger, or Maryland crab cake sandwich.
Third Secretary (Public Diplomacy and Media Relations) Maria Belovas of the Embassy of Estonia, National Press Club Chair Myron Belkind, Ambassador Marina Kaljurand of Estonia, and International Correspondents Committee Chair Molly McCluskey.
AN “EMBASSY NIGHT” with a special briefing and reception was held at the Embassy of Estonia in Washington on Wednesday, March 19. Ambassador Marina Kaljurand discussed Estonia’s role as a world leader in the use of technology, where Internet access is considered a human right. The country enjoys one of the world’s fastest broadband speeds, and comprehensive government databases mean everything from accessing medical records to filing taxes to registering new businesses can be completed easily.
ADDITIONALLY, Estonia’s rich cultural history with hundreds of village choirs was also discussed. In celebration of its choral history, the Estonia Song and Dance Festival has taken place every five years for the past 130 years. In 2009, there were more than 34,000 participants performing to an audience of 200,000 people. This year the festival will be held in July.
AFTER THE presentation, with Q&A, a delicious buffet was served.
IN CONJUNCTION with the European Month of Culture there will be a concert – Estonia in Concert: The Music of Arvo P?t - in the presence of the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Maestro Arvo P?t on May 27 at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by T?nu Kaljuste. The concert will be the highlight of Estonian Culture in Washington. This is a free and public event with seating on a first-come-first-serve basis and subject to capacity. For more information, visit http://www.estoniainconcert.com/about.html.
THE SWEDISH-AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, SACC-USA, is looking for a new president for its office in House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.
The mission of the SACC network is to promote trade and investment between Sweden and the U.S. in both directions. SACC-USA is the umbrella organization for 20 regional chambers across the U.S.
For more information, visit: http://sacc-usa.org/about/open-positions.
A MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE of Swedish Master Painter Anders Zorn (1860-1920) opened at the National Academy Museum on Thursday, Feb. 27, in New York. The exhibition features 90 rarely seen works drawn from public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States and reveals the vibrant artistic personality of the painter.
ZORN, a watercolorist, painter, etcher and sculptor, rose from humble beginnings in the Swedish countryside to travel the world, captivate American artists and politicians, and paint some of the most sought-after portraits of America’s Gilded Age.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS at the National Academy Museum include film, music and historical lectures, which will highlight the artist’s remarkable life. There will be a screening of the film documentary “Anders Zorn in the Gilded Age” on March 8, a choral performance by the Church of Sweden in New York on March 30, and historical lectures “Emma Lamm Zorn: Philanthropist, Ethnographer, Woman, Jew” on March 26 and “Zorn, Paris, and the International Avant-Garde” on April 16.
THE EXHIBITION runs through May 18, 2014.
NATIONAL ACADEMY MUSEUM is located at 1083 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street in New York City. Admission: adults $15, seniors (65+) and students $10. Children under 12, members and students of the National Academy School free. For more information: www.nationalacademy.org.
THE EXHIBITION season 2014 - “Going Glocal” — opened at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Throughout the year the Embassy of Sweden and partners will explore local opportunities emerging from globalization, with the key topics free trade, global development, climate and sustainability. New business opportunities and local jobs as a free result of free transatlantic trade will be examined, and the embassy’s outreach activities will contribute to the debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union and the United States.
SWEDEN WILL also put its own distinctive spin on the American experience of a road trip with the project Sweden on the Road. The Embassy of Sweden in the United States is hitting the road on a grand tour to connect with Americans in cities, towns and rural areas to exchange ideas with students, entrepreneurs, decision-makers and others.
DURING THE OPENING reception, speeches were given by the new Swedish Ambassador to the United States, Bj?rn Lyrvall, and the head of the World Resources Institute, Dr. Andrew Steer.
“REFLECTIONS ON US – Swedish Relations” is the topic of a Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) luncheon in Washington, D.C. with Sweden’s new ambassador to the United States, Bj?rn Lyrvall.
THE SACU luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Pier Seven Restaurant in the Channel Inn, 650 Water Street, S.W., beginning at noon with “no host” cocktails and concluding by 2 p.m. Member cost is $25, and non-members $29. Parking is available on the street or in the Channel Inn parking garage (validation available). For non-drivers, the Waterfront Station of the Metro Center Green Line is in walking distance.
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