Swedish Embassy, New Delhi, 1959 (© Ake Eson Lindman)
Architects: Sune Lindströ and Goran Curman
In search of a national vision: Swedish embassies from the mid-20th century to the present
Lecture by dr. Denise Hagströmer
Tuesday 30th October
16:00, room 11A-06
VU University Amsterdam
In her lecture Denise Hagströmer examines how national values are reflected and given solid form in Swedish embassies and residences. Through several case studies – namely the embassies in New Delhi, Madrid, Moscow, Tokyo and Berlin – she explores conceptions of national identity, modernity and progress, and the significance of Swedish national tradition. Although her research is mainly of a design-historical nature, Hagströmer also draws on other disciplines, including architectural history, the history of ideas, European ethnology, social history, political science and sociology. Her research provides an identification and analysis of the political and cultural processes behind Swedish design and architecture in its official representations. It also deconstructs Sweden’s ‘national modernisation’ project and provides an assessment of the social meaning of collectively perceived ‘tradition’.
Denise Hagströmer is a Swedish design historian, based in London and Stockholm. MA Design History, Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum. Has curated exhibitions at the Design Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum; publishes and lectures in the UK, US and Europe. Publications include Swedish Design, (Swedish Institute, 2001) and ‘Sweden’ in K. Livingstone ed., International Arts and Crafts, (V&A, 2005). Senior lecturer at Konstfack, National College of Art and Design, Stockholm. Visiting Senior Lecturer at Uppsala University, Department of Art History (Sweden). From January 2013: Senior Curator, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway, in charge of design.