Marie Tetzlaff – New Director of the Danish Cultural Institute
Marie Birgitte Tetzlaff – new Director of the Danish Cultural Institute in St. Petersburg
On 1/1, 2018 Marie Tetzlaff became the new director for the Danish Cultural Institute in St. Petersburg. Here she describes her versatile background:
Before taking up my post in St Petersburg (since January 2018) as Director of the Danish Cultural Institute I have worked as a qualified teacher (in primary school, high school and university); as a critic, reporter and correspondent in Moscow for two Danish newspapers consecutively for 30 years with culture as my main topic; as newspaper editor; as researcher and project manager for a. o. UNHСR in Moscow and Odessa; as translator of Russian literature into Danish; and for the last ten years as artistic director and moderator of talks in the Louisiana Museum of Art in Humlebaek near Copenhagen.
In 1984 I took my degree in Russian Literature from the universities of Moscow, (State University im. Lomonosova), Copenhagen and Berkeley (UC) with a Univ. of Copenhagen gold medal for my thesis: ’The Prose of Marina Cvetaeva’ and have since mainly been employed in the media and (during sabbaticals) as translator of Russian, mainly classical, fiction: Turgenev: ’Fathers and sons’, Tolstoy: ’War and Peace’ (revision of old translation); ’The death of Ivan Ilitch’; ’Anna Karenina’ (to be published)); Anton Chekhov and Daniil Kharms short stories; A. Solzhenitsyn, L. Petrushevskaya and Tatyana Tolstaya.
I have published a handful of books, mostly on Russian themes: a (bestselling) biography of Empress Catherine II in 1995; a translated selection of her letters to Potemkin (1997); and two books with older (1999) and very young (2001) Russians telling their life stories.
It is with great joy, humility and a feeling of homecoming, that I take up a position that will enable me to promote and deepen the cultural, artistic and emotional ties between Denmark and Russia – two very old countries, similar in some ways and very different in others. And I am especially grateful to be located in the centre of St. Petersburg, where history, art, skill and beauty meets the eye on every walk.