Last week’s Phillips after 5 –a Winter Fairy Tale inspired by Per Kirkeby‘s native Denmark–truly had what the Danes call “HYGGE.” Guests sipped aquavit, listened to jazz piano by Søren Møller and saxophone by Dick Oatts, and most of all enjoyed time with each other and with art. Ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen even came by with his spouse Gitte Wallin Pedersen to soak up the atmosphere. Next month, the Embassy of Denmark will be back for another Kirkeby-inspired evening, this time an “Arctic Expedition.”
In Denmark, gathering with friends to celebrate the season is very important. There’s a special word for it–HYGGE (\ hoo • gah \ – is it just us or does the word sound a little bit like a hug?). Today, you can gather Danish-style at the Royal Danish Embassy’s Creative Christmas open house from 3 to 5 pm (no tickets required), where you will catch glimpses of Per Kirkeby throughout the decorations. Then continue the festivities at Phillips after 5: Winter Fairy Tale from 5 to 8:30 pm (for this, you will need to make a reservation). We’ll offer smørrebrød tastings by Embassy Executive Chef Lars Beese, screenings of The Fir Tree, gallery talks in the Kirkeby exhibition, and music by New York-based Danish jazz pianist Søren Møller with American saxophonist Dick Oatts. To gather with friends the way we will this evening is very Danish. With you, we’ll truly have HYGGE.
Between performances of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in the galleries, excerpts from The Washington Ballet’s Dracula in the auditorium, your choice of Zombie Punch or Zombie Apocalypse cocktails, and take-home treats like Capitol File‘s fall issue and a special offer on Dracula tickets from The Washington Ballet, last Thursday’s spooky Phillips after 5 truly turned out to be a night of Zombies vs. Vampires. Thank you to all who came out to start Halloween celebrations early with us!