Published on Friday, September 2nd, 2011
Following the terrorist attack, which took place in Oslo last July 22nd and in which 77 people were killed, a wide trepidation is growing concerning the destiny of considerable numbers of artworks possessed by Norwegian government ministries or on loan to them by the Public Art Norway (Koro) and the Nasjonalmuseet (National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design). The structures that have been destroyed in the terroristic attack included works by internationally renowned artists of the likes of Christian Krohg, Anne Katrine Dolven and Edward Munch.
A quantity of art corresponding to 43 works lent by the Nasjonalmuseet has gone missing. Amongst them, various pieces by Dolven, Jakob Weidemann and Krohg. An additional amount of 60 pieces were luckily unharmed.
In the middle of them, the less harshly scratched was SNE by Lise Nicolaisen, dated 1969. Along with this artwork, the ministry of finance held 24 unharmed pieces together with, what a relief, Vinter ved Fjorden signed by Edward Munch in 1915.
The restoration of one work in particular will imply a lot of work, according to Kari Greve, the person in charge of conservation at the Nasjonalmuseet.
In fact, the most damaged work is I Leden, painted by Krohg in 1892, which was smashed as soon as a number of pieces of glass from crushed windows hit the artwork.
However, only about 15 works out of the 93 works installed by Koro, the government’s agency for art in public spaces, were significant. The rest of them have not yet been found. About ten of the lost art pieces were put in in the areas bordering the detonation.
It still is overly unsafe to penetrate the broken structures, due to their potential unsteadiness.
Generally in the Norwegian art scene, a lot of precaution is adopted towards people sensitivity. An exhibition entitled “Futura Plus”, by artist Magne Furuholmen (aka Magne F), was annulled subsequent the terror attacks.
Both the artist and the gallery owners have decided not to release the image which would have made up the exhibition’s content, since they are accident and death oriented, thus inappropriate for such a moment in time.
The exhibition’s opening, which was due yesterday in Oslo, would have corresponded to the Oslo branch opening of the London based gallery Paul Stolper.
The violent exhibition has been replaced by a showing entirely dedicated to Damien Hirst’s group of large-scale butterflies, entitled “The Souls”.
curated by eleonora galasso
"The Souls" by Damien Hirst
Stolper+Friends opens in Oslo, Norway
September 1, 2011- Until October 2nd, 2011
Tjuvholmen Alle 6, 0252 Oslo, Norway