Bertel Thorvaldsen was a Danish/Icelandic sculptor of international fame, who spent most of his life in Italy. Thorvaldsen was born in Copenhagen into a Danish/Icelandic family of humble means, working part-time with his father, who was a wood carver, Thorvaldsen won many honors and medals at the academy. He was awarded a stipend to travel to Rome and continue his education, in Rome, Thorvaldsen quickly made a name for himself as a sculptor. Maintaining a large workshop in the city, he worked in a heroic neo-classicist style and his patrons resided all over Europe. Upon his return to Denmark in 1838, Thorvaldsen was received as a national hero, the Thorvaldsen Museum was erected to house his works next to Christiansborg Palace. Thorvaldsen is buried within the courtyard of the museum, in his time, he was seen as the successor of master sculptor Antonio Canova. His strict adherence to classical norms has tended to estrange modern audiences, Thorvaldsen was born in Copenhagen in 1770, the son of Gottskálk Þorvaldsson, an Icelander who had settled in Denmark.
Thorvaldsens mother was Karen Dagnes, a Jutlandic peasant girl and his birth certificate and baptismal records have never been found, and the only record is of his confirmation in 1787. Thorvaldsen had claimed descent from Snorri Thorfinnsson, the first European born in America, Thorvaldsens childhood in Copenhagen was humble. His father had a habit that slowed his career. Nothing is known of Thorvaldsens early schooling, and he may have been schooled entirely at home and he never became good at writing, and he never acquired much of the knowledge of fine culture that was expected from an artist. In 1781, by the help of friends, eleven-year-old Thorvaldsen was admitted to Copenhagens Royal Danish Academy of Art first as a draftsman. At night he would help his father in the wood carving, among his professors were Nicolai Abildgaard and Johannes Wiedewelt, who are both likely influences for his neo-classicist style. At the Academy he was praised for his works and won all the prizes from the small Silver Medal to the large Gold Medal for a relief of St.
Peter healing the crippled beggar in 1793. As a consequence, he was granted a Royal stipend, enabling him to complete his studies in Rome. Leaving Copenhagen on August 30 on the frigate Thetis, he landed in Palermo in January 1797 traveled to Naples where he studied for a month before making his entry to Rome on 8 March 1797. Since the date of his birth had never recorded, he celebrated this day as his Roman birthday for the rest of his life. In Rome he lived at Via Sistina in front of the Spanish Steps and had his workshop in the stables of the Palazzo Barberini and he was taken under the wing of Georg Zoëga a Danish archeologist and numismatist living in Rome
John F. Kennedys Plads
John F. Kennedys Plads is located in central Aalborg, Denmark. Dedicated to the 35th President of the United States, it contains a horse, reserved for pedestrians, the site is constructed of granite and concrete tiles. Aalborg Train Station, Aalborg Bus Terminal, Kennedy Arcade, media related to John F Kennedy Square at Wikimedia Commons
Aalborg University Hospital
Aalborg University Hospital is the largest hospital in the North Denmark Region, Denmark. It is northern Jutland’s largest employer, with approximately 6,500 employees, the hospital consists of Section South and North in Aalborg and Dronninglund Hospital. There are three management levels, the management, the centre managers and the departmental management. Some of the departments are function-based and have sub departments at other hospitals in the region, in these cases, the departmental management at Aalborg Hospital is the management for the function-based unit. The centre manager is responsible for the development and activities at the centre. He/she must ensure that the operations and the framework for the centre’s operations is optimised. It is a priority that the manager is a professional manager with in-depth knowledge of the healthcare sector. Each centre has a number of departments and departmental managements, Aalborg Hospital caters for all medical specialisations with the exception of Dermatovenereology, clinical pharmacology and psychiatry.
Aalborg Hospital handles pre- and postgraduate education and research at an international level, the Department for University Hospital Affairs provides a number of services and support functions for research and education. The department is located at the Research House, where a number of centres are located along with facilities for education and innovation
Aalborg Carnival is the name for the annual cultural event carnival in the city of Aalborg – the fourth largest city in Denmark. The carnival takes place the last week in May and is the largest carnival in Scandinavia, the Aalborg Carnival stands for a week and has 3 main carnival events, The Grand Parade, Battle of Carnival Bands and Children’s Carnival. The carnival week is for everyone – both professional groups and everybody who wants to act on his or her instincts and create their own costume. The Grand Parade is an event that attracts about 100,000 people to the streets of Aalborg each year. About 15 professional carnival groups from all over the open the parade and following them are thousands of people dressed out. The parade begins 4 different places in Aalborg, the different parts meet up downtown Aalborg and form one parade continuing to the city park Kildeparken. Here the Carnival Party continues for the rest of the day, one day before the Grand Parade, there is an international carnival celebration called Battle of Carnival Bands.
Every year lots of interesting carnival groups from all over the travel to Aalborg to participate in this event to compete for the title Best Carnival Group. The children have their own carnival as several thousands of children of all ages dress up, during this special day the city park, Kildeparken is transformed into a magic world filled with experiences and thrills for the children. Kirsti Thorvaldsen, Ebbe Lauridsen, Kaj Steensgård and Bramwell Flyckt are the founders of the Carnival in Aalborg, in 1983, they organised the first carnival in Aalborg and in this context established the association, Aalborg Carnival. Bramwell Flyckt was elected chairman of the ginger group, thus, in 1983, the Carnival Association was established as a grass-root organisation, and the very first Carnival in Aalborg was held in the centre of Aalborg on May 28,1983. The carnival parade consisted of 5-10,000 participants, since 1986, the association has had a secretariat to their disposal, which acts as an employment project.
The secretariat, which collaborates with the members and volunteers coordinates all of the associations events. After the carnival in 1987, the association found itself in a crisis, parts of the board did not wish to continue the work and the number of members decreased. NFU decided to offer their support and to contribute with considerable manpower to the boards work, the Carnival Association rose again. Initially, Carnival in Aalborg was held in the centre of Aalborg, due to the lack of safety in the centre and a substantial decrease in revenues, the board decided to move the event to the nearby park, Kildeparken. Every year, Carnival in Aalborg presents a different carnival theme, the theme serves as a source of inspiration for the participants, but is not a demand - all costumes are welcome. Themes throughout the years,2016, Once upon a time,2015, Taboo 2014, Trends of the time 2013, Angels and Demons 2012, The World Upside Down 2011, Sexzoological Zoo 2010, Mars and Venus
Museums in Aalborg
There are several museums in Aalborg, Denmark. These include a museum of art, a historical museum. Together with the theatre, cultural centre and music interests, they constitute an important aspect of the municipalitys recent focus on knowledge. The Aalborg Historical Museum in the city centre was established in 1863 making it one of the earliest provincial museums in Denmark. The striking museum of art was completed in the early 1970s, to be followed in 1992 by a marine museum. The first building for the Aalborg Historical Museum was designed by Conrad Weber in 1863, the present museum was constructed in 1878 and expanded in the early 1890s to house the growing collection of items from the regions earliest inhabitants to modern times. The Aalborgstuen presents a fine Renaissance interior from 1602, the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art was built between 1968-72 after designs by Elissa Aalto, Alvar Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël. The design is said to be inspired by the ziggurat, the structure extends over 6,000 m2, with galleries organised around a central hall.
The external walls and most of the pavement are of Carrara marble, the building materials have light colours to emphasise the art works. The outdoor areas include a park and terrace. Some of the sculptures exhibited are by Gunnar Aagaard Andersen, Willy Ørskov, Lene Adler Petersen, the collection consists of around 1,500 art objects, including paintings and other forms of artistic media. Inside the well-preserved foundations, the museum reveals the history of the monastery, the Springeren - Marine Experience Center is a marine museum on the wharf of Aalborg. The main attraction is the Danish submarine Springeren, the Aalborg Defence and Garrison Museum documents Danish defences during the Second World War as well as the history of Aaborgs garrison since 1779. The museum is in a building in the western part of Aalborg - a huge hangar with side buildings. In 1992, thanks to funding by Aalborg Portland, a museum was opened on the site and it presents many of the findings from the excavations as well as displays illustrating life in the Viking period and in earlier settlements.
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Jens Bang's House
Jens Bangs House is a landmark in Aalborg, Denmark. Situated on Østerågade in Nytorv square, it was built in 1624 by Jens Bang in Dutch Renaissance style, noted for its gables and sculpted auricular window décor, it is said to be the finest privately owned Renaissance building in the country. It features gargoyles and a sculpture of Bangs face, tongue sticking out, the five-storey building has housed the citys oldest pharmacy for more than 300 years. Jens Bang, remembered as one of Denmarks richest citizens, was born in Horsens, after arriving in Aalborg in 1600, Bang joined the citys merchant-trade guild Guds Legems Lav. Five years later, he obtained the status of a licensed merchant, over the next 20 years, he was so fortunate and successful in his business, that he became one of the countrys leading traders and certainly the most prosperous merchant in Aalborg. Surprisingly, Bang never assumed any responsibilities in the administration, possibly because he was not keen to do so. He was a facilitator, disliked by his contemporaries to the point of being involved in physical fights.
On the more positive side, in 1637, together with his wife, in 1623, Bang inherited Københavns gård, a large old Aalborg property, on the corner of Østerå and Adelsgade. After demolishing most of the old buildings, he built an enormous residence, the house is said to be Denmarks finest independently owned Renaissance mansion, comparable only to Mattias Hansens House on Amagertorv in Copenhagen. The latter has three floors and two gables while Jens Bangs House has four main floors and three gables, containing floorspace and rooms. The house is decorated with sculptured stonework of the high quality as Christian IVs own buildings. Jørgen Olufsens House on the same street hardly bears comparison, the house originally had five round-arched doorways, probably topped by some of the sculpted figures and gargoyles which now crown the windows. The ground floor was used for trading booths and warehousing, in addition to the residential rooms on the first floor, there were warehouses in the building. Bangs own rooms on the first floor were lit by a row of windows with sandstone frames, some single.
Their round-arches are decorated with angels and gargoyles in the auricular Baroque style, the protruding bay at the centre of the façade was certainly once the main entrance, located on the first floor with a flight of steps leading up from the street. With its intricately sculpted figures and decorations, the portal is a true masterpiece and it clearly displays the year 1623 but the plaque at the top, where the original owner once had his name, now bears the mirrored monograms of the pharmacist C. L. The crest with the Christian VIs monogram, flanked by swans, on the third floor, which contained living accommodation, the windows are smaller and more simply decorated. The fourth floor has double, round-arched window frames, topped by a cornice with ornamental strips, in the centre, there is a large hatch, probably added later
Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen
Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen was a Danish sculptor. Her preferred themes were animals and people, with an intense. She depicted themes from Nordic mythology and she was one of the first women to be taken seriously as a sculptor, a trend-setter in Danish art for most of her life. She was married to the prominent Danish composer Carl Nielsen, Anne Marie Brodersen was born on Thygesminde, a large farm estate in South Stenderup, near Kolding. Her father Povl Julius Brodersen served in the German Dragoons before purchasing the farm and he married Friderikke Johanne Kirstine Gilling, who was his housekeeper. The Brodersens were successful, daring people, some of the first to import livestock directly from England, Anne Marie was thus familiar with farming and animals from an early age. Her first work, a small sheep using clay from the farm garden, from 1881–1882 she trained at schools for carving and for drawing and applied art. She studied with sculptor August Saabye and painters Jørgen Roed and she first exhibited work at Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in 1884.
She was awarded first prize in Neuhausens competition in 1887 for a fountain group Thor with the Midgard Serpent which she completed in Saabyes studio, in 1889 she was awarded a scholarship from the Art School for Women. She travelled to the Netherlands and Paris where she visited the Exposition Universelle, one of the figurines sold for Kr 700 and her father said That is more than I get for my calves. She received a grant from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1890 to visit Paris again. Now in Paris, on 2 March 1891 Anne Marie met Danish composer Carl Nielsen, the couple became inseparable and on 20 March considered themselves married, celebrating with a party on 10 April and agreeing to wed formally once papers arrived from Denmark. They were married on 10 May in St Marks English Church, having decided to visit Italy together before returning to Denmark and her daughter Irmelin Johanne Nielsen was born on 9 December. In 1892, Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen contributed for the first time to the Free Exhibition in Copenhagen and she became a permanent member in 1893.
The two calves in bronze were accepted for the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair and her second daughter, Anne Marie Frederikke Nielsen and son Hans Børge Nielsen were born on 4 March 1893 and 5 September 1895. Her father died on 14 September 1899 and she received the Anker Scholarship in 1903, undertaking a prolonged journey with her husband to Athens and Constantinople. Before they left they engaged as housekeeper Maren Hansen, who worked with devotion, staying with the family until her death in 1946. In Athens, Anne Marie copied the Poros Group from the gable of the Old Temple of Athena, in 1904, Anne Marie created the three doors of Ribe Cathedral
Aalborg, spelled Ålborg, is an industrial and university city in the North of Jutland, Denmark. It has an population of 112,194, making it the fourth most populous city in Denmark. With a population of 210,316, the Municipality of Aalborg is the third most populous in the country after Copenhagen, by road Aalborg is 64 kilometres southwest of Frederikshavn, and 118 kilometres north of Aarhus. The distance to Copenhagen is 412 kilometres, the earliest settlements date to around AD700. Aalborgs position at the narrowest point on the Limfjord made it an important harbour during the Middle Ages, the city is known for its half-timbered mansions built by its prosperous merchants. Budolfi Church, now a cathedral, dates from the end of the 14th century and Aalborghus Castle, Aalborg is a city in transition from a working-class industrial area to a knowledge-based community. A major exporter of grain and spirits, its business interests include Siemens Wind Power, Aalborg Industries. These companies have become global producers of wind turbine rotors, marine boilers, with its theatres, symphony orchestra, opera company, performance venues, and museums such as Aalborg Historical Museum and the Aalborg Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg is an important cultural hub.
The Aalborg Carnival, held at the end of May, is one of the largest festivals in Scandinavia, the major university is the University of Aalborg, founded in 1974, which has more than 17,000 students. Trænregimentet, the Danish regiment for army supply and emergency personnel, is in Aalborg. Aalborg University Hospital, the largest in the north of Jutland, was founded in 1881. The football club Aalborg BK, established in 1885 and based at Nordjyske Arena, won the Danish Superliga in the 1994–95 season, the 1998–99 season, the 2007–08 season and the 2013–14 season. Other sports associations include the icehockey club Aalborg Pirates, the handball team Aalborg Håndbold, the rugby club Aalborg RK. Aalborg Railway Station, on John F. Kennedys Plads has connected the city to Randers, Aalborg Airport is just 6 kilometres northwest of the city centre, and the E45, a European route from Karesuando, Sweden, to Gela, passes through Aalborg. The European Commission has concluded that the citizens of Aalborg are the most satisfied people in Europe with their city.
The area around the narrowest point on the Limfjord attracted settlements as far back as the Iron Age leading to a thriving Viking community until around the year 1000 in what has now become Aalborg. In the Middle Ages, royal trading privileges, a natural harbour, despite the difficulties it experienced over the centuries, the city began to prosper once again towards the end of the 19th century when a bridge was built over Limfjord and the railway arrived. Aalborgs initial growth relied on heavy industry but its current development focuses on culture, Aalborg traces its history back over a thousand years
Old City Hall (Aalborg)
The Old City Hall at Gammeltorv Aalborg, was built in 1762 and served as city hall until 1912. It is located at Gammeltorv and is now used for ceremonial. This was a requirement from Iver Holck, the county governor at Aalborghus. Designed in the Late Baroque style, the building consists of two storeys and a cellar under a tile roof. The yellow-washed facade is decorated with pilasters and a frontispiece featuring the Danish coat of arms. His motto, Prudentia et Constantia, is seen above the main entrance. The well-preserved door is an example of the Rococo style. The building was listed by the Danish Heritage Agency in 1918, the Old City Hall is today only used for wedding ceremonies and representative purposes
Musikkens Hus is a venue in Aalborg, Denmark. It is located at Musikkens Plads by the Limfjord in the new cultural center area of the city, opened in March 2014, the building contains a concert hall and practice rooms for the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Academy of Music. Additional tenants include Orchestra Norden, as well as two of Aalborg Universitys fine arts divisions, Institute of Music and Danish JazzCenter, the building features a solar-passive design and faces the riverfront. The educational rooms are constructed in a U shape around the concert hall. After an international competition, Coop Himmelbau was selected to design the structure. The administrative offices moved into the building in July 2013, a new-nordic restaurant called Musikkens Spisehus opened in 2013 in a section of the building with a view to Limfjord. The official opening of the hall took place March 29,2014. On 27 September 2014, Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark presented the Crown Prince Couples Awards in the hall.
The foundation is today the owner of Musikkens Hus and is renting the facilities out to these, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra has its administration, practice rooms. Aalborg University has its education and research, and their department Danish JazzCenter is located. Orkester Norden has its administration, practice rooms, and concerts in the halls, Royal Academy of Music has its education department and concert facilities in the building. Musikkens Hus contains four halls and a number of practice rooms etc, the Concert Hall seats 1,298 people The Minor Hall seats 300 people The Rhythmic Hall seats 200 people The Classical Hall seats 200 people The Foyer handles 2,150 people for receptions etc. Musikkens Spisehus is the restaurant of Musikkens Hus and is located out to the Limfjord in two floors List of concert halls in Denmark Official website