40 Years of Art

NORDLAND. In 2016 SE Kunst i Nord-Norge (SKINN) celebrated four decades of art activities in the north of Norway. To mark the occasion the northenly art institution launched a special exhibition called Mitt Landskap (”My Landscape”) that was first shown in September at three different venues in Bodø. Now the exhibits are touring the county of Nordland and first stop is Svolvær in the archipelago of the Lofoten islands.

The idea behind the exhibition is to mirror some of the changes in how art, rooted in northern Norway, has been viewed in relation to national and European art during a period of forty years, 1976-2016.

The key figure of Mitt Landskap is Gunnar Tollefsen (born in 1933), a late modernist from near-by Vesterålen, who studied at The Academy of Fine Art in Oslo in the early 60s. He was one of the first artists in northern Norway to work with abstract paintings.

Part of the Exibition. Photo Ernst Furuhatt

A younger generation of Norwegian artists have been invited to communicate with Tollefsens artistry via pieces of their own artwork. Siri Austeen, Hans Christian Gilje, Johanne Hestvold, Linn Halvorsrød, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Edvine Larssen and Vemund Thoe are all working with transcending modes of expression in different genres.

One of them, Olav Christoffer Jenssen (born in 1954), seems just as determined as Tollefsen to explore the abstract materials for his own benefit. Jenssen´s contribution The Accordion Paintings exhibits abstract references to the dreamy landscapes of Vesterålen.

All in all the exhibition Mitt Landskap covers different modes of expression such as sculpture, paintings, light and sound installations reflecting outer and inner landscapes.

Light installation by Hans Christian Gilje. Photo Ernst Furuhatt

The exhibits at Svolvær will be on view until March 19th and open again at Kulturfabrikken, Sortland on April 29th for a six week period. Two more tour stops are scheduled in the autumn of this year: Kulturbadet, Alstahaug and the Rana Museum. There are advanced plans for prolonging the tour in 2018 to the counties of Troms and Finnmark.


Cover: Linn Halvorsrød, ”Portal”, 2016. Photo: Ernst Furuhatt

Se Kunst i Nord-Norge (SKINN) is a network-based, regional art dissemination institution, grounded in Norwegian cultural policy to reach out and make art and culture accessible to as many of the population as possible. SKINN´s administration is based in Bodø.


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