Milan, 16 May – 25 July 2012
This event was devised by Iperborea and Luca Scarlini, with the objective of linking Milan and Italy to some of the most culturally active European capitals. After Caffè Amsterdam in 2010, this year it is the turn of Copenhagen, in cooperation with the Danish Art Council. The event celebrates two anniversaries of important Danish writers, 50 years from the death of Karen Blixen, and 100 years from that of Herman Bang. It also coincides with Denmark’s presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The project will look at Danish culture, with the involvement of institutions including the University of Milan, City and Province of Milan, the Danish Embassy and Consulate, Visit Denmark, Braidense Library, Fritz-Hansen and Carlsberg. People in Milan will have the chance to meet Danish writers, watch Danish movies, attend exhibitions, plays and language seminars.
Iperborea will print previously unpublished works by Herman Bang and Karen Blixen and new titles by some of the most established contemporary Danish writers, such as Indvandreren by Olav Hergel, Rejsen til Nanga by Jørn Riel, Tænk på et tal by Anders Bodelsen, and a short history of Danish Literature edited by Bruno Berni. Other Italian publishing houses such as Feltrinelli, Fazi and Sonzogno will collaborate and invite and publish Danish writers.
Events in June include an exhibition at the Braidense Library of antique editions of Italian translations of Danish literature (24 May-25 June).