The city of Odense in Denmark is known as the birth place of Denmark’s most famous writer, Hans Christian Andersen. Opened in summer, the HC Andersen House is more than just about telling the story of the writer’s life and work.
Since June, the HC Andersen House has begun to make itself known as the foundation element of a brand-new type of museum. The ambition is not just to simply communicate about Andersen, but as Andersen: “We have to dive into the fairytales as the very first thing, because they are what everyone knows. The idea is not to retell the stories, but rather to communicate their familiarity and inspire further reading of Andersen,” said Torben Grøngaard Jeppesen, the head of Odense City Museums.
The museum has been built by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma who wanted to thank Andersen for the teaching he provided to children around the world. The Andersen house is thus an immersive experience. Visitors enter the world of the master storyteller – created as a totally artistic space, in which architecture, gardens and exhibition create new interfaces between visitors and the fairytale world of Hans Christian Andersen.
The vision for HC Andersen’s House is to create a complete artistic experience in which architecture, sound, light and a stream of images constantly invite each visitor to meet Andersen’s fairytales. 12 artists from all over the world are participating in the project.