Country and people in Norway


The sponsorship of the book fair at the Angewandte Kunst Museum

by Karl-Heinz Taurus

(10.10.2019) With HOUSE OF NORWAY, the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Arts located in Schaumainkai 17 devotes the entirety of its exhibition space to the Nordic country as a guest of honor at the Book Fair 2019.




He presented the exhibition (from left to right): Annie Buenker (press), director Prof. Matthias Wagner K and dr. Hallder Gudmundsson
Photo: Karl-Heinz Taurus


Lasso reindeer slings
Photo: Karl-Heinz Taurus


Munch lyrics
Photo: Halvor Björngard -Munchmuseet Oslo


You can see outstanding positions in the fields of art, design, craftsmanship and architecture. There are new discoveries in the country, characterized by different landscapes, climatic zones and layers of population. "Different are not only the realities of the lives of people in the respective places, but also the suggestions of artistic and creative work," said the director of the museum and curator of the exhibition, Professor Mattias Wagner K, who has traveled the country five times. In Norway, for example, there is also an indigenous ethnic group whose Sapmi cultural area extends across Norway, Sweden, Finland and parts of Russia. She is also a member of several artists who have received wide recognition since the invitation to documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017. In their works they deal with individual and collective events related to traditions, beliefs , to discrimination as well as to self-determination.

This includes Maret Anne Sara, who exhibited lasso loops hanging from the ceiling like a gallows. They are generally used by reindeer herders. Mrs Sara protests against the recent regulation by the Norwegian authorities on the reduction of pastures and reindeer husbandry. "The restrictions pose a threat to the livelihoods of many Samis, especially the younger generation," says director Wagner K. It takes 1,500 animals to feed a complete extended family. But this is no longer possible with zone restrictions.

Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois have investigated the witch hunt and lawsuits in Norway (photographer Ken Schluchtmann shows buildings with memories of that time). "Compared to other European countries, no other country has experienced so many processes, 91 people have been sentenced to death," said the conservative.

One of the highlights of the exhibition consists of drawings with texts in lyrical prose of the artist Edvard Munch, from the Muchmuseet collection in Oslo. They have never been shown to the public. These text drawings are part of a collection of 81 sheets with handwritten notes and annotations, sketches, woodcuts and drawings without text – written between 1930 and 1935. Munch died in 1944. The treatment The science of these leaves is still in its infancy. Perhaps they were conceived as a model for a book that he had planned.

Regarding the individual examples. There is still a lot to do with design work, furniture design, architecture and fashionable designs of modern times.

A complementary program including lectures, podium discussions, culinary events and a mediation program including workshops and public tours for all ages will be held until January 26, 2020, end of the exhibition HOUSE OF NORWAY.

Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday from 10h to 18h, Wednesday from 10h to 20h. Admission 12 euros, concessions 6 euros. Admission is free for children and adolescents under 18, as well as for students from the University of Frankfurt and HfG Offenbach.

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