Exhibition

House of Norway

11 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

Opening: Tue, 10 Oct 2019, 7.30 pm

Starting in the autumn of 2019, the Museum Angewandte Kunst will devote its entire exhibition space to the Frankfurt Book Fair’s guest of honour 2019. As a House of Norway, it will assemble outstanding exponents of Norway’s art and culture, design, handicraft and architecture.

One of the show’s main highlights will be drawings by Edvard Munch never before presented to the public. Also awaiting discovery will be works by contemporary artists such as Ingrid Torvund, Kari Steihaug, Frank Ekeberg, Tori Wrånes or Svein Flygari Johansen. A guest performance by the Sámi National Theatre Beaivváš and artworks by Britta Marakatt-Labba, Máret Ánne Sara, Jorn Are Keskitalo and others will provide insights into Sámi art and culture. Visitors will also encounter important designers, among them Tone Vigeland, Torbjørn Kvasbø, Regine Juhls, Grete Prytz and Peter Opsvik. Examples of modern Norwegian architecture, like that of Sverre Fehn or Joar Nango, and the area of social design as well as contemporary impulses in fashion and new Nordic cuisine will stand for a creative exploration of a changing world.

The exhibition will be carried out under the patronage of Her Excellency Mette Marit, Crown Princess of Norway within the framework of The Dream We Carry – Norway as Guest of Honour of the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair. It is being sponsored by NORLA, Norwegian Literature Abroad, Visit Norway, the tourism department of Innovation Norway, and the furniture manufacturer Vestre, and developed in cooperation with the Munch Museum (Oslo), the Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum (Tromsø), Norwegian Crafts, the Sámi National Theatre Beaivváš (Kautokeino), the Sámi University College (Kautokeino), the Sámi Center for Contemporary Art (Karasjok), the Riddo Duottar Museat (Karasjok), the Kunstnerforbundet (Oslo), the Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum (Trondheim) and many further institutions.

Idea and Concept: Sabine Schirdewahn, Prof. Matthias Wagner K
Curator: Prof Matthias Wagner K

Still from the film "I found you under earth, under blood"; Photo: Jonas Mailand; © Ingrid Torvund

The Sámi National Theatre Beaivváš (SNTB) celebrates the German premiere of Johan Turi at the Museum Angewandte Kunst

In the context of the exhibition House of Norway that celebrates the diversity of Norwegian art and culture, the Museum Angewandte Kunst is pleased to host the Sámi National Theatre Beaivváš (SNTB). Between October and November they will present their dramatic production Johan Turi performed in the Northern Sámi language with German and English subtitles. The stage drama celebrated its World Premiere in Oslo in 2017 and will now be performed outside of Norway for the first time.

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House of Norway is part of Norway’s Guest of Honour appearance at the Frankfurt book Fair 2019. The Guest of Honour project is organised by NORLA, Norwegian Literature Abroad on behalf of the Norwegian Government and the Norwegian book industry.

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