Danish design a hit in Australia

The design exhibition ”Danish Design at the House” has been a public success. The Sydney Opera House has now decided to extend the run of the exhibition. At the same time, media interest in the 40th anniversary of the Opera House has been massive.

The 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House is not just about architecture.  The design exhibition ”Danish Design at the House”, which was opened by the Danish Minister for Culture Marianne Jelved on October 24, 2013, has become a huge public success in a very short time.  The plan was for the exhibition to remain open for three weeks, but now the Opera House has decided to extend the exhibition for another two weeks.    

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron said: “The ‘Danish Design at the House’ exhibition reflects the special bond between Denmark and Australia forged through the construction of Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece. The exhibition has transformed the Western Foyer of the Sydney Opera House and aroused great interest among visitors and media since it opened on October 25. We are delighted to be able to extend the exhibition until November 24.”

Danish Consul General Michael T. Hansen said:

“Over the last few years, the export of Danish Design has increased significantly. Australians are in love with Danish Design due to its great craft and functionality. Danish Design is for everyday life. That is also one of the reasons for the success of the exhibition ‘Danish Design at the House’”.

The exhibition, which is curated by architects Gerard Reinmuth (AU) and Karen Kjærgaard (DK), is located in the six deep windows of the Western Foyer of the Opera House. Each window is linked to a Danish architect and a Danish craftsperson, and the architects have created a special installation for each window, inspired by Utzon’s works and ideas.  Design products from a total of 25 different Danish firms are a part of the exhibition.

Massive media attention

”Danish Design at the House” has aroused great interest in the Australian media.  There have been mentions in the Sydney Morning Herald, Architecture Australia, Western Australia Today, Australian Design Review, The Australian, Brisbane Times, Vogue Living, SBS and ABC Radio, among others. So far, over 30 different Australian media outlets have written about ”Danish Design at the House”, but American, English and German media have also shown interest.  An overall assessment of the media coverage shows that the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House has spawned more than 2000 international stories, and over 400 different media outlets have written about the celebration.

Last updated: 01.11.2016


”Danish Design at the House” is now open until November 24, 2013.
Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge to the public.
Read more about Danish Design at the House.

Partners in the exhibition are:

The Danish Agency for Culture, the Danish Consulate General in Sydney and the Sydney Opera House. The Danish Arts Foundation has provided support for the exhibition’s curators, and the Danish Trade Council has provided export promotion funds.

  • Agency for Culture and Palaces
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  • DK-1553 Copenhagen V
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