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House Of Norway

Museum of Applied Arts
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Entry: 12 Euro, reduced 6 Euro
Museum of Applied Arts
Schaumainkai 17
60594 Frankfurt am Main

With House Of Norway the Museum Angewandte Kunst dedicates its entire exhibition space to Norway, the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019. The exhibition gathers and mixes outstanding positions from art, design, crafts and architecture to create constellations that surprise and invite to a new way of seeing.


It can be read like a journey of a special kind: with first-time and recurring encounters, moments of astonishment and pausing, with new discoveries where something already seemed familiar and familiar. A journey through a country characterised by different landscapes, climates and population densities: the south and west, with their coastal areas, lakes and forests, are distinctly different from the snow tundra of the Finnmark in the north or the Arctic climes in the northeast; life in Oslo and the other few large cities is different from that in the rural areas. Accordingly, not only are the realities of life of the people at the respective places different, but also the stimuli for artistic and creative work. And so the existence of an indigenous ethnic group whose cultural area, Sápmi, stretches across Norway, Sweden, Finland and parts of Russia, offers artists* and designers* other themes than the landscapes in the Telemark, determined by deep valley incisions and dark forests - which in turn leads to other forms of expression and meanings attributed to the works.


The open thematic presentation combines works by contemporary artists* such as Frank Ekeberg, Kari Steihaug or Ingrid Torvund with the lyrical text drawings of the world-famous artist Edvard Munch, which have never been exhibited before. A guest performance by the Sámi National Theatre Beaivváš will provide insights into the art and culture of the Sámi; in addition there will be works by the Sami artists* Britta Marakatt-Labba, Máret Ánne Sara and Hans Ragnar Mathisen, who were represented for the first time in Germany at documenta 14 in Kassel, but also by craftspeople such as Sune Enoksson and Jørn Are Keskitalo. You will also meet important Norwegian designers* such as Regine Juhls, Torbjørn Kvasbø, Peter Opsvik, Grete Prytz Kittelsen and Tone Vigeland. Examples from architecture, such as by Sverre Fehn or Peter Zumthor, from the field of social design, as well as contemporary impulses from fashion and new Nordic cuisine, stand for a creative examination of a changing world.


In addition to works from 47 artistic and creative positions, the exhibition presents 24 selectable short films from Norway. The selection, curated by Sabine Schirdewahn, makes the individual reflections of the artists* and designers* in relation to the objective social, ecological and economic conditions that could have led to the creation of her works imaginable.


A varied supporting programme with lectures, panel discussions, culinary events and an educational programme consisting of workshops and public tours for adults, children and young people round off the exhibition programme. The program is sponsored by the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft.


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