An Exhibition dedicated to Norway

Museum Angewandte Kunst has become a space dedicated to Norway.  In absolutely spectacular fashion it has in essence become ‘House of Norway’.

Norwegian Artists and Designers have completely transformed the space through their works, creating an ‘ode’ to our dear Scandinavian friend, Norway.  Norway, is this years guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Buchmesse 2019. Throughout the exhibit simplicity, minimalism and functionality along with reinterpretations of classic forms and understated luxury are found.  It beautifully reflects all the concepts that Scandinavian design has become synonymous with.

There is something special about being amongst some of the first to see an exhibition.  Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the opening of House of Norway.  Let me just say I can’t find enough superlatives to explain my level of enjoyment!  In all honesty though, I probably enjoyed the diversity of the exhibit, a labyrinth of discovery!

There is almost certainly something for everyone, a concept store, a ‘memorial’, a cinematic experience, jewellery, photography, sculpture and fashion.

Exhibit Highlight, Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch, internationally renowned Norwegian artist is one of the exhibits highlights.  Munch exhibits pieces that have to date never been publicly displayed.  Believed to be precursors to other published works, the pieces are an amalgamation of sketch and lyrical prose text.

House of Norway

Along side Edvard Munch you’ll find contemporary artists Frank Ekeberg, Kari Steihaug, and Ingrid Torvund.  Joar Nango and Sverre Fehn fly the architecture flag. Finally, Northern provide a beautiful example of a concept store.   

Máret Ánne Sara’s installations in particular struck a cord with me, throwing me back to my childhood growing up in a farming community in South Africa.  The rawness of the reindeer remnant sculptures, used to draw attention to a marginalised ethnic group in Norway.  It simultaneously reminds me how part and parcel death is to the circle of life and life on a working farm. 

Also, the photography of the jawbone necklace bearing man, draws parallels to imagery we have almost certainly grown accustomed to associating with Africa.

There is far too much for me to cover in just one write up. I really do encourage you to make your way to the Museum Angewandte Kunst and explore the exhibition for yourself.

*please note all opinions are my own and I do not claim to be an authority on art

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