The hall of S. Agostino was crowded and I sat at the podium, holding the connection from the computer to the projector, to avoid the pictures being shown in yellow. But it worked – pictures from Jorgens life and work in Pietrasanta was shown during the ceremony, when Jorgen was awarded the Premio Fratelli Roselli, Pietrasanta e Versilia nel mondo last Sunday.

Prof. Bruno Corá spoke clearly and it was really interesting learning about Medardo Rosso and Rodin - and development in sculpture, from a different perspective than I had ever heard before lining up Boccioni - Fontana - Sorensen and got Jørgen’s work into an Italian context.

- It was great and the whole room applauded when Jorgen received the award, but when the mayor Mallegni declared that Jorgen will get the city's major summer exhibition next year, an exhibition covering the museum, the church and the cathedral square, everybody rose from their seats in an agreeing applause.

- So when the two opera singers started singing Mozart, I was so moved that I shed a tear - thinking of all the years, the whole story - it touched me and therefore we look so happy in the photos, because it was a happy moment.

I thank Jacob for his many photos he let me use. Jacob, Jorgen’s oldest son and other friends, came to visit for the different events. - The Saturday before Jorgen opened an exhibition at Paola Raffo Arte Contemporanea, a continuation of Jorgen's recent show in Copenhagen at Hans Alf Gallery - A Dark Story in White.

We made a big party the night before al Casa di popolo di Solaio, celebrating it all with our friends from Pietrasanta.

This week has been enjoyable quiet - very needed - before the realization of the coming exhibition next summer. And not only this mayor exhibition - the city of Pietrasanta will also launch a dance festival, inviting the Danish ballet dancer and choreographer Sebastian Kloborg to create a choreography on Jorgen’s works - in collaboration with Jorgen and the composer Kim Helweg, who will write the music for the ballet. It is all very exciting.

I've made a small slideshow from the festive events – you can have a look at it above

Kind greetings

Eli and Jørgen

Jørgen Haugen Sørensen, A dark Story in White at Paolo Raffo Arte Contemporanea

It is the first time Jørgen exhibits in Pietrasanta, even though he has lived here the greater part of his life.

Pietrasanta has been the place where he worked – in the beginning the colored marble, the travertine, bronzes and many granite sculptures. The clay is now his preferred material, as well as the drawings. The works were made here and shipped to exhibitions in Denmark and many other places in the world.

Jørgen was virtually incognito in Pietrasanta and thus in a safe distance to the projecting light of the art scene - meeting with the audience and the professional art world, with all it contains of merry as disturbed turmoil - it dazzles all the same the sensitive one mans work with art that requires its own space.

But next week, September 25 - Jørgen will receive a Italian price: Premio Fratelli Roselli - Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel mondo, an award given to artists who have been active in the town and put Pietrasanta on the map. So it was time to show face here and it will be with the exhibition "A Black Story in White" consisting of new ceramic sculptures, reliefs and a number of drawings from this year.

Next week we will also invite you to the prize ceremony in the Chiostro S. Agostino.

Bruno Cora, presidente delle Fondazione Burri, has written a very beautiful text in the Italian catalog, published for the opening Saturday. It is also Bruno Corà who wil present Jorgens work by the award ceremony Sunday September 25th.