During the past two years, Her Majesty Queen Sonja and Magne Furuholmen have collaborated on an artistic project in support of the Queen Sonja Print Award (QSPA). The result is a graphic art portfolio entitled “TEXTURE”, produced at the art studio Atelje Larsen in Helsingborg, Sweden. This weekend, the graphic art exhibition “TEXTURE” opened in Bergen.
Working with Texture. Photo: Tom A. Kolstad
Different starting points – shared fascination
The Queen is a keen amateur photographer, and most of her artistic production takes its point of departure in nature and photography. In contrast, Magne Furuholmen uses text and language as key components of his artwork.
Their collaboration demonstrates the many possibilities inherent in printmaking, and the common denominator between them is their use of photogravure. Both artists put distinct focus on surface and texture – details in nature, details in sculpture, transformed into new textures through printmaking. Many of the prints are double signed, as the artists have worked together closely and produced pieces combining elements from their respective fields of interest.
The exhibition is on display in Grieghallen in Bergen from 27 August to 3 September 2016.
Multiple exhibitions of “TEXTURE”
The exhibition will be on display at several other venues during 2016 and 2017:
Galleri Ismene, Trondheim (23 September–23 October 2016)
The Paul Stolper Gallery, London (27 September–23 October 2016)
Ålesund Kunstforening, Ålesund (5 November–4 December 2016)
Bodø Kunstforening, Bodø (9 March–2 April 2017)
Gulden Kunstverk, Steinberg (22 April–14 May 2017)
All revenues from the exhibitions will go to the Queen Sonja Print Award.
We are proud to present the recipient of the Queen Sonja Print Award 2016: Tauba Auerbach. The Award was presented to Auerbach by Her Majesty Queen Sonja during a formal ceremony in Grieghallen, Bergen this afternoon.
Auerbach is QSPA’s first International Winner.
The award consists of a week’s educational stay at the renowned print workshop Atelje Larsen in Helsingborg, Sweden and a cash prize of NOK 400.000,-.
Statement from the jury
The jury, consisting of renowned artist Martin Puryear and esteemed curators Starr Figura and Ute Meta Bauer, states:
“The jury has been deeply impressed by Tauba Auerbach’s substantial body of work and the way that printmaking and graphic art are fully integrated into her artistic practice. In painting, prints, and artists’ books that are at once conceptually rigorous and visually lush, she focuses on abstract patterns – both random and ordered – to explore the structures of logic and perception. From aquatints that play with the dot patterns used in commercial printing; to screenprints whose abstract patterns she made by combining various typographic elements; to an elaborate pop-up book full of colorful three-dimensional geometries; to an artist’s book whose pages are printed with every possible color in the RBG color scale, her work is consistently engaged with the aesthetic, conceptual, and technical parameters of printing. Issues of reproduction, sequencing, and seriality, so fundamental to printmaking, are also at the heart of her vision. In 2013 she established her own publishing imprint, Diagonal Press, which demonstrates her exceptional commitment to printmaking. The possibilities of publishing as a format in its own right allows Auerbach to maintain artistic autonomy and independent distribution while at the same time allowing her work to reach a broader audience, which is very much within the democratic tradition of printmaking.”
Tauba Auerbach (born 1981) grew up in San Francisco and graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Visual Art in 2003. She is working across many disciplines including painting, artists’ books, photography, and sculpture. Her work operates in the gap between conceptual art, abstraction and graphic art. She lives and works in New York.
Thirty one exceptional and exciting artists have been nominated for the Queen Sonja Print Award 2016. The artists have been recommended by curators, museum directors and fellow artists from many parts of the world. The award will be announced on the 26th August this year. Every month we have presented five of the nominees – alphabetically. The first five were presented in March. Here are our last nominees - Please look further down for a closer look at their work:
Slavs and Tartars
ARTIST: SLAVS AND TARTARS
Nationality: Eurasia Title: Qit Qat Qlub, 2015
Technique: Installation view. Preis der Nationalgalerie. Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Thirty one exceptional and exciting artists have been nominated for the Queen Sonja Print Award 2016. The artists have been recommended by curators, museum directors and fellow artists from many parts of the world. The award will be announced on the 26th August this year. Every month we present five of the nominees – alphabetically. The first five were presented in March. Here are our July nominees - Please look further down for a closer look at their work:
ARTIST: PRAWEEN PIANGCHOOMPU
Nationality: Thailand Title: Sanctuary Inside the Soul 3, 2015
Technique: Woodcut ( 85 x 135 cm)
Thirty one exceptional and exciting artists have been nominated for the Queen Sonja Print Award 2016. The artists have been recommended by curators, museum directors and fellow artists from many parts of the world. The award will be announced on the 26th August this year. Every month we present five of the nominees – alphabetically. The first five were presented in March. Here are our June nominees - Please look further down for a closer look at their work:
Jon Erik Nyholm
ARTIST: KATJA MATER
Nationality: the Netherlands Title: Tiled 6
Technique: Three prints with different radios tiled C-prints, together
Katja Mater: Tiled 6. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
ARTIST: SABINE MORITZ
Title: Sea king 52, 2015
Technique: Lithography with oil individually overpainted (56 x 80 cm)
Sabine Moritz: Sea king 52, 2015
ARTIST: JON ERIK NYHOLM
Technique: Monotype 2015, Plexiglass high print on rice paper (140 x 100 cm)
Jon Erik Nyholm: Untitled, Photo: Courtesy of the artist
ARTIST: THOM OGONGA
Technique: Woodcut (60 x 120 cm)
Thirty one exceptional and exciting artists have been nominated for the Queen Sonja Print Award 2016. The artists have been recommended by curators, museum directors and fellow artists from many parts of the world. The award will be announced on the 26th August this year. Every month we present five of the nominees – alphabetically. The first five were presented in March. Here are our May nominees - Please look further down for a closer look at their work:
Thirty one exceptional and exciting artists have been nominated for the Queen Sonja Print Award 2016. The artists have been recommended by curators, museum directors and fellow artists from many parts of the world. The award will be announced on the 26th August this year. Every month we present five of the nominees – alphabetically. The first five were presented in March. Here are our April nominees - Please look further down for a closer look at their work:
Boris Campos Ernst
ARTIST: JYOTIRMAY DALAPATI
Title: Loksshyo Ved
Technique: Etching and digital print, 30 x 30 inches
Thirty one exceptional and exciting artists have been nominated for the Queen Sonja Print Award 2016. The artists have been recommended by curators, museum directors and fellow artists from many parts of the world.
The candidates and their work reflect the status of contemporary graphic art today, ranging from traditional use of printmaking methods to new approaches seen in installations, artist books, performances, clothes, and newspaper collages amongst others. Some may challenge conventional practises of printmaking, while others stay closely connected to its historical tradition. At the same time the select group show a wide range of conceptual and formal approaches and perspectives on printed art.
The winner of the Queen Sonja Print Award 2016 will be announced on the 26th August this year. Each month 5 of the nominees will be presented here at the QSPA website. Stay tuned to learn more about the artists. We hereby start our presentation.
The first five
Here are our first five candidates. Please look further down for a closer look at their work.
Artist: Karo Akpokiere
Artist: Nazgol Ansarinia
Artist: Ewan Atkinson
Artist: Tauba Auerbach
Artist: Benjamin Badock
Artist: Karo Akpokiere
Title: Image #8. Zwischen Lagos und Berlin: Black Tourist, 2015
Technique: Digital print on 300gms Harman cotton textured paper
Karo Akpokiere: Image #8. Zwischen Lagos und Berlin: Black Tourist, 2015. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)
The three members of the QSPA jury selecting the Award Winner 2016 will gather in Oslo this spring. The international jury will select the laureate from a shortlist of 30 exceptional and exciting artists from all over the world.
Ute Meta Bauer
Print by Martin Puryear
Starr Figura is a curator of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has worked with MOMA´s unparalleled collection of modern and contemporary works on paper since 1993. Figura has curated exhibitions such as Lucian Freud: The Painter`s Etchings; German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse; and Gauguin: Metamorphoses. She is the author of numerous catalogues and essays focusing primarily on printed art.
Martin Puryear is a renowned sculptor and printmaker who has exhibited his works throughout the world, with public commissions in Europe, Asia and the US. Over the last thirty years Martin Puryear has created a body of works that defies categorization, creating sculptures and works on paper that examine identity, culture and history. In Puryear´s works modern abstraction meets tradition and crafts.
Ute Meta Bauer is a curator, the Founding Director of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Professor at the NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media. Bauer was previously Founding Director of MIT’s Program in Art, Culture, and Technology and Dean of the School of Fine Arts at the RCA London. She has served as Founding Director of the Office of Contemporary Art (OCA), Norway, Oslo. Most recently, she co-curated They Come to Us without a Word, a presentation of Joan Jonas’ work for the U.S. Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.
We are confident that the unique, yet complimentary and unparalleled expertise of the three jury members will bring forth a worthy and intriguing winner for the first international Queen Sonja Print Award.
FILM: Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant recipient Adam Saks working at Atelje Larsen
In this film the first recipient of the Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant, Adam Saks is working at Atelje Larsen in Helsingborg.
The grant was established last year in commemoration of Norwegian artist Kjell Nupen, who died on 12 March 2014. It is awarded every second year to a Nordic artist who has demonstrated excellence in graphic art/printmaking. It was Kjell Nupen himself who first brought Adam Saks to the attention of the board of the H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation and nominated him for the Queen Sonja Print Award in 2014.
“What better way to honour my friend and mentor than to give the Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant to an artist he praised and appreciated?”, Queen Sonja stated.
This evening, the Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant was presented to the Danish artist Adam Saks. Her Majesty Queen Sonja took part in the ceremony, which was held in London.
The grant is a collaboration between the H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation and master printer Bill Goldston at ULAE in New York. Here Bill Goldston and Queen Sonja sign the grant. Photo: Sven Gjeruldsen, Det kongelige hoff
“What better way to honour my friend and mentor than to give the Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant to an artist he praised and appreciated?”, Queen Sonja stated.
It was Kjell Nupen himself who first brought Adam Saks to the attention of the board of the H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation and nominated him for the Queen Sonja Print Award in 2014. This evening the Queen was able to introduce Mr Saks as the first recipient of the Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant:
“Tonight’s artist is Danish and trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and Berlin University of the Arts. He is highly accomplished, and works with a great variety of printmaking techniques. His art span from bold and colourful woodcuts to more delicate and tender etchings. The artistic style is distinctive and lies in the tension between the figurative and abstraction. His works often have an ambiguous narrative, and they are indeed wonderful – some of which you can see for yourselves in this hall. (…) I hope you will assist me when we now give the grant and the diploma to the first recipient of The Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant: Adam Saks”
“What better way to honour my friend and mentor than to give the Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant to an artist he praised and appreciated?”, Queen Sonja stated in her Speech. Photo: Sven Gjeruldsen, Det kongelige hoff.
Her Majesty the Queen together with Adam Saks Photo: Sven Gjeruldsen, Det kongelige hoff.
The decision to award the grant to Mr Saks was announced earlier this autumn, on 5 September – the birthday of Kjell Nupen. The grant comprises a work stay at Universal Limited Art Editions’ (ULAE) workshop and a cash prize of NOK 50 000.
The award ceremony was held at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), where the Norwegian power company Statkraft had celebrated its 120th anniversary earlier in the day. The Queen was present at part of that event, attending a seminar and panel discussion on green energy.
Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant
The grant was established last year in commemoration of Norwegian artist Kjell Nupen, who died on 12 March 2014. It is awarded every second year to a Nordic artist who has demonstrated excellence in graphic art/printmaking.
The grant is a collaboration between the H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation and master printer Bill Goldston at ULAE in New York. The board of the Foundation is responsible for selecting the recipient, who is announced biennially on 5 September, the birthday of Mr Nupen.
Her Majesty the Queen, Adam Saks, the late Kjell Nupens wife Aino Ilkama and Bill Goldston. Photo: Sven Gjeruldsen, Det kongelige hoff.
Queen Sonja and Kjell Nupens wife Aino Ilkama. Photo: Sven Gjeruldsen, Det kongelige hoff.
The first recipient of the Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant
The Danish artist Adam Saks (born 1972) has been awarded the first Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant.
Adam Saks, the first recipient of the Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant.
Mr Saks will receive the award at an event in London on 8 October 2015, with Her Majesty The Queen in attendance.
This is the first time the Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant has been presented. The grant is a collaboration between the H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation and master printer Bill Goldston at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in New York. According to the statutes, the grant in commemoration of Norwegian artist Kjell Nupen is to be presented every second year, and will be awarded to a Nordic artist who has demonstrated excellence in graphic art/printmaking. The board of the Foundation is responsible for selecting the recipient, who will be announced on 5 September, the birthday of Mr Nupen.
The Memorial Grant comprises a work stay at ULAE’s workshop and a cash prize of NOK 50 000.
Adam Saks trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Berlin University of the Arts in Germany.
“Adam Saks takes an enthusiastic and experimental approach to most graphic art techniques. He masters and embraces the unique forms of expression intrinsic to the various techniques, thereby transforming the technical limitations and potential of graphic art into something distinctive and personal,” says Queen Sonja.
Mr Saks’s art lies in the tension between figuration and abstraction, and his works often have an ambiguous narrative. Mr Saks’s works are featured in public collections in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and France.
In 2014, Adam Saks was one of 13 artists nominated for the Queen Sonja Print Award. Kjell Nupen himself nominated the young Danish artist.
Sales Exhibition: Svend-Allan Sørensen at Oscarshall
OPEN ALL SUMMER: Her Majesty Queen Sonja officially opened the solo exhibition «Miscellaneous Notes on Nordic Birds» on May 13th.
Queen Sonja in front of graphic art by Svend-Allan Sørensen.
The Queen Joséphine Gallery The Queen Joséphine Gallery (Galleri Dronning Joséphine) is located at the Oscarshall summer palace. Every summer season, there is an exhibition of graphic art in cooperation with the Queen Sonja Print Award. Conceptual artist Svend-Allan Sørensen was the recipient of this award in 2014. I addition to the price money, Svend-Allan Sørensen recieved a residency at Atelje Larsen i Helsingborg. In October the Danish artist worked with Ole Larsen in his atelje. Sørensen has created all the pieces in the exhibition this last year.
Svend-Allan Sørensen, Queen Sonja and Ole Larsen at the opening.
Nature Svend-Allan Sørensen has been called a “popular modernist”. As a graphic artist, he works in a clear tradition with the nature, especially birds, as a motive. But he adds to the tradition new personal features, in both technology and in content. To describe the nature and the birds are to him as important as to depict them – his work contains many words that are engraved images, words that are both humorous and everyday philosophical statements. He moves effortlessly between the established graphic techniques, celebrates the craftsmanship, but adds an ecological romance for nature that is indeed contemporary.
Svend-Allan Sørensen was born in 1975 and trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Odense. He is represented at the National Arts Fund, the Jorn Museum in Silkeborg, the Aros Art Museum in Aarhus and several other Danish collections. Today he lives and works in Odense.
Board member Magne Furuholmen and Svend-Allan Sørensen with a work collaboration between Queen Sonja and Svend-Allan Sørensen.
Board members Gry Mølleskog and Harriet Cecilie Malm Brundtland in the gallery.
Board member Ole Larsen, Founder Queen Sonja, Board member Magne Furuholmen and artist Svend-Allan Sørensen i the gallery.
Completed in 1852, the summer palace of Oscarshall was commissioned by King Oscar I and bears his name. However, Queen Joséphine was also deeply involved in the project – and so the Queen Joséphine Gallery is named in her honour.
A wide array of Norwegian artists and craftsmen were commissioned in connection with the interior decoration and furnishing of Oscarshall, and every summer the palace is open to the public.
Queen Sonja and members of Queen Sonja Print Award outside the Queen Joséphine Gallery at Bygdøy in Oslo.
Her Majesty Queen Sonja opened the exhibition “Prize Prints”: The Queen Sonja Print Award at Scandinavia House in New York. Photo: Pontus Höök – NTB scanpix
The exhibition offers New York’s art aficionados a view into contemporary printmaking in the Nordic countries through recent work by the 2012 and 2014 prize-winners, Tiina Kivinen (Finland) and Svend-Allan Sørensen (Denmark), as well as a selection of works by the award’s three founders, Kjell Nupen, Ørnulf Opdahl and the Queen herself.
Queen Sonja Print Award: Project leader, Sune Nordgren; Board Member, Harriet Cecilie Malm Brundtland; Award Winner 2012, Tiina Kivinen; Award Winner 2014, Svend-Allan Sørensen; Queen Sonja; Board Members Ole Larsen and Magne Furuholmen. Photo: Pontus Höök / NTB scanpix
The world’s largest graphic art award
Queen Sonja’s dream of establishing an art award came true in 2011 in the form of a Nordic graphic art award. The exhibition “Prize Prints” also marks the fact that the Queen’s Nordic art award has become international, and is the largest prize of its kind. Candidates can be nominated from around the world for the award to be presented in 2016. The prize will alternate every other year with the awarding of funds from the Memorial Grant established to commemorate Norwegian artist Kjell Nupen.
«It is my sincere wish that the award and the Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant jointly will continue to stimulate the art of printmaking and inspire ambitious artists to establish themselves on the international art scene,» said Queen Sonja in her opening remarks. And she concluded:
«Finally – to put it with author Saul Bellow: What is art but a way of seeing? I invite you all to see for yourselves – and I hope you will enjoy it!»
Queen Sonja and Svend-Allan Sørensen in front of a work of collaboration. Photo: Pontus Höök / NTB scanpix
Her Majesty in front of Graphic Art by Tiina Kivinen. Photo: Pontus Höök / NTB scanpix
«Prize Prints» is on display at Scandinavia House, the home of the American-Scandinavian Foundation. Scandinavia House showcases the broad scope of Nordic culture, from paintings and film to history, music and literature, as well as Nordic trade and industry and technology.
Magne Furuholmen and Harriet Cecilie Malm Brundtland have been appointed new members of the Board in Her Majesty Queen Sonja Art Foundation.
In front from the left: Karin Hellandsjø, Harriet Cecilie Malm Brundtland, Queen Sonja, Gry Mølleskog. Back from the left: Ole Larsen, Ørnulf Opdahl and Magne Furuholmen
The Foundation was established in 2011 to promote contemporary graphic art, generate interest and stimulate the development of graphic art. Every other year the Foundation will present the Queen Sonja Print Award.
Harriet Cecilie Malm Brundtland
Harriet Cecilie Malm Brundtland (b. 1961) is a Norwegian art historian, graduated from the University of Oslo with a Master of Art in 1995. Brundtland has been responsible for a variety of exhibitions from 1995 until today. She has also written and edited several books: “Ørnulf Opdahl. By the sea” (1997), “Knut Rose. Flight – Struggle – Towards Conciliation” (1997), “Tone Vigeland. Jewellery + Sculpture. Movements in Silver”, (2003) and “Norwegian Art Photography 1970 – 2007” (2007), among others. Brundtland is European Representative of Voss Foundation, Trustee of Milgis Trust and board member of the Norwegian Folk Museum. She is a founding partner of Brundtland & Krosby DA, and chairman and CEO of Piero AS.
Magne Furuholmen (b. 1962) is a visual artist and musician. He studied under the late Kjell Nupen in the period 1989-1993, and got his break through with the exhibition “Kutt” at Henie Onstad Art Centre in 1995. Furuholmen is honorary mentor at The Gutenberg Akademie, Mainz, Germany, Former board member of The Norwegian Graphics Union, and guest professor at The College of Fine Arts, Shanghai. He has held numerous exhibitions in Norway and abroad, is represented in several public and private collections and contributes to a wide range of publications.
Until today the board has consisted of Queen Sonja, Ørnulf Opdahl, Ole Larsen, Karin Hellandsjø and Gry Mølleskog. Sune Nordgren is the project manager, and general manager Mette Tverli.
In February Queen Sonja presented her own artistic impressions of Norwegian nature at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.
The Queens speech at Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Lise Åserud, NTB scanpix
At a reception hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy the Queen opened an exhibition of her artwork inspired by her many encounters with Norwegian mountains, forests and coastal landscapes. In her remarks, she said:
“Some of the magical and inspirational experiences I have had hiking in Norway, you find on display at this exhibition: Like the mountains and coastline in Hamarøy and Steigen in Northern Norway, the woods outside Oslo, and the magical island of Spitsbergen. The trip to this island far away in the Barents Sea formed the artistic and financial basis for the creation of the Foundation Queen Sonja Print Award.”
The Queen also spoke about her own experience of art and the important role it plays in her life:
“For me, art provides a refuge. A pause from our strictly-organised lives, where we can surrender ourselves to the unexpected, to the inexplicable. Where we can be challenged and find recognition. Art gives each of us the opportunity to interpret our lives – and to open doors to closed places in our minds, perhaps places we didn’t even know existed.”
FILM: Queen Sonja Nordic Art Award Winner 2014, Svend-Allan Sørensen
I addition to the price money, Svend-Allan Sørensen recieved a residency at Atelje Larsen i Helsingborg. In October the Danish artist worked with Ole Larsen in his atelje, where he among other fine art created this large woodcut showed in the film.
February 6, 2015 Sørensens exhibition “Graphics and guns” opens at SPECTA, Copenhagen. Svend-Allan Sørensen show 40 new predominantly black/white prints that point to where he experiences his encounter with nature.
- I grew up at a farm on the countryside in Denmark. Today I can see that this is where my work comes from. My work follows my interest in nature, hunting and shooting, although in a more radical way than before. I approach my interest in terms, but also in size, form and content. The works are not “street”. They are fields and forests. My prints communicate what I care for, and in that way they relate to the present, Sørensen says about his work.
Svend-Allan Sørensen (1975), graduated from Funen Art Academy in 2002.
In 2014 he received The Queen Sonja Nordic Art Award which besides 400,000,- NOK included a stay at Atelje Larsen in Helsingborg, as well as exhibitions in Oslo, Stockholm and at Scandinavia House in New York.
Sørensen has shown solo exhibitions at Museum Jorn, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Vendsyssel Museum of Art and Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art and participated in exhibitions including at West Zealand Art Museum, Funen Art Museum, Esbjerg Art Museum, The Independent, Silkeborg Bad, Johannes Larsen Museum, Växjö Konsthall (S) and Waldemar Udde (S).
Svend-Allan Sørensen is represented in private and public collections, including Statens Museum for Kunst, H. M. Queen Sonja Art Collection (NO), Museum Jorn, New Carlsberg Foundation, Vendsyssel Art Museum, Vejle Art Museum, National Art Fund and Nykredit.
The exhibition “Graphics and guns” opens February 6 – March 14, 2015 at SPECTA, Copenhagen.
“The art award in my name has twice been presented to a Scandinavian artist and has already won much acclaim. Now with its third celebratory year in sight, I want it to both sharpen its focus and widen its outreach. From now onwards, the award will concentrate solely on graphic art and will consider laureates from all over the world.
It is a true pleasure for me that this decisive step concerning the award can be taken in conjunction with the translation of this book and the ambition to make it available to a much wider, international audience. With a network of international experts and annual invitations for highly recognized jury members within the field, the award hopes to reach talented, highly skilled artists who can carry the award forward and make it the most prestigious prize within graphic art.
It is my sincere wish that the new Queen Sonja Print Award will continue to encourage the art of printmaking and inspire ambitious artists to establish themselves on the international art scene.” – Queen Sonja.
Three Journeys – Three Landscapes is an art project whose goal is to foster interest in and encourage the development of paper-based art. It developed as a collaborative project between H.M. Queen Sonja, Kjell Nupen and Ørnulf Opdahl who together created a graphic portfolio whose sales proceeds went towards establishing a foundation. Every other year, this foundation will hand out an art award.
The completion of this project spans many years. H.M. Queen Sonja`s interest in art is well-known. Less known, however, is that for many years Her Majesty has also worked with established artists on developing her own artistic expression. During a spell of work in early 2009 at the “Kristiansand Grafiske Verksted” on the island of Odderøya, Her Majesty was introduced to various graphic techniques. This resulted in a collaborative project with the artists Kjell Nupen and Ørnulf Opdahl. In the following two years the three individuals met regularly over copper plates, printer`s ink and paper. They also spent time at the graphic workshop Atelje Larsen in Helsingborg. Here a clear wish emerged: To raise the status of their collaborative project so as to render their artwork more accessible. The result was Three Journeys – Three Landscapes: A Graphic Portfolio comprising eight graphic works by each of the three artists.
The title of the portfolio mirrors how each of the three artists explores different techniques and possibilities of intaglio print in their own individual way.
Her Majesty The Queen and the US printer Bill Goldston introduced the Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant, at the Norwegian National Gallery October 1st. The grant will be awarded to emerging Nordic graphic artists.
The Memorial Grant will be presented every second year in commemoration of Norwegian artist Kjell Nupen, who passed away earlier this year. The first recipient of the Memorial Grant will be announced next year on 5 September, the birthday of Mr Nupen.
Cash prize and educational stay
The Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant is a collaboration between the H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation and Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), a fine art print publisher in New York.
The Memorial Grant comprises an educational stay at ULAE’s workshop and a cash prize of NOK 50.000 to cover expenses for travel, food and accommodation and printing materials. The board of the Foundation is responsible for selecting the recipient. The Memorial Grant has been established in consultation with the family of Kjell Nupen.
The Queen and Ørnulf Opdahl signed prints
The grant was introduced at an event at the National Gallery in Oslo, where Queen Sonja took part in a conversation about art with Norwegian artist Ørnulf Opdahl and Swedish printer Ole Larsen, moderated by project manager Sune Nordgren of the H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation.
Queen Sonja and Ørnulf Opdahl presented new works of graphic art developed in collaboration with ULAE in New York. In the US, there is a widespread tradition of inviting artists to do a signing. The Queen and Mr Opdahl signed their new prints on the stage at the National Gallery event this evening.
Guests were treated to a musical performance by Ole Edvard Antonsen.
Ole Larsen, Bill Goldston and Ørnulf Opdahl at ULAE in New York
Exhibition: Contemporary Nordic Graphics – The Queen Sonja Print Award
At the Waldemarsudde estate and art museum in Stockholm it is now possible to see a wide range of graphic art.
Her Majesty The Queen was present to officially open the exhibition.
Queen Sonja and Ørnulf Opdahl at Waldemarsudde in Stockholm. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT / NTB scanpix
The award bearing the Queen’s name has already garnered widespread attention, thanks in part to the talented artists who have been nominated for the award. The exhibition entitled Nutida nordisk grafik (“Contemporary Nordic graphic art”) displays works by all 14 of the artists nominated for the Queen Sonja Print Award in 2014, including the winner of this year’s award, Danish conceptual artist Svend-Allan Sørensen. The winner from 2012, the Finnish artist Tiina Kivinen, is represented, and works of three of the art foundation’s founders – Kjell Nupen, Ørnulf Opdahl and Queen Sonja – are on display as well.
“My dream came true when I began working with artists Kjell Nupen and Ørnulf Opdahl and master printer Ole Larsen a few years ago. You can see the outcome of our initial efforts in the room adjacent to this one,” said Queen Sonja in her opening remarks.
The exhibition will be open to the public from 27 September 2014 to 17 January 2015.
An international award
Funds from the sale of the print portfolio “Three Journeys. Three Landscapes” provided the financial basis and the initial boost for establishment of the foundation and the award. In her remarks, Queen Sonja emphasised the foundation’s decision to raise the level of aspiration for the award: It is now an international award known as the Queen Sonja Print Award. The aim is to promote graphic art and raise it to the level it deserves among artistic genres. The award will expand its impact by seeking out nominees from around the world, making it, to our knowledge, the largest graphic art award in the world today.
Nominated in 2014
The artists nominated for the award in 2014 were Mikael Kihlman, Svend-Allan Sørensen, Vappu Johansson, Adam Saks, Annu Vertanen, Minako Masui, Elina Sipilä, Hugleikur Dagsson, Cathrine Dahl, Ørjan Aas, Valgerdur Hauksdottir, Ane Mette Hol, Tuula Lehtinen and Daniel Milan.
Photo: Lars Engelhardt
Upcoming activities in connection with the exhibition:
30 September 2014, 6:30 pm Musik på Udden concert – Contemporary Nordic graphic art Musicians: Trio ZPR, comprised of Cecilia Zilliacus (violin), Johanna Persson (viola) and Kati Raitinen (cello)
Kjell Espmark reads from his new poetry collection Den inre rymden (“The inner rhythm”). Music by Tebogo Monnakgotla, Hermann Berens and Jean Sibelius.
1 October 2014, 6:00 pm Pictures of the city’s soul.
Artist Mikael Kihlman, nominated for this year’s Queen Sonja Print Award, talks about his artwork and the fascinating technique known as drypoint.
19 November 2014, 6:00 pm Graphic art pictures –message conveyer, knowledge disseminator or work of art?
Dr. Jan af Burén lectures on the term “graphic art”.
Since the early 1500s, graphic art pictures have served a variety of functions. Today we speak of graphic art in many different contexts, such as data graphics.
In cooperation with H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation the artist and professor Olav Christopher Jenssen shows a brand new series of monotypes and etchings. This is the first solo exhibition at Queen Joséphine Gallery.
Queen Joséphine Gallery at Bygdøy Photo: Mads Oftedal Schwencke
The summer palace of Oscarshall is located on the peninsula of Bygdøy in Oslo. The palace was commissioned by King Oscar I and Queen Joséphine, and was completed in 1852. Galleri Dronning Joséphine (“the Queen Joséphine Gallery”) is located at the Oscarshall summer palace and is open to the public during the summer season. This summer, 65 new works by Olav Christopher Jenssen are exhibited at Galleri Dronning Joséphine. The artist was inspired by the last collection of poetry by the Norwegian author Tarjei Vesaas – “Liv ved straumen” (Life by the stream), published in 1970. Atelje Larsen in Helsingborg has printed the works.
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Olav Christopher Jenssen “Liv ved straumen” Photo: Mads Oftedal Schwencke
Gallery opened in 2013
Queen Sonja officially opened the gallery on 13 June 2013. The opening season featured an exhibition of graphic prints by Queen Sonja and the Norwegian artists Kjell Nupen and Ørnulf Opdahl, entitled Tre reiser – tre landskap (“Three journeys – three landscapes”). Together, the Queen, Mr. Nupen and Mr. Opdahl have also established the Foundation for the Queen Sonja Print Award, which seeks to generate interest in and promote the development of paper-based art. The award is issued every other year, and was presented for the first time in 2012.
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Olav Christopher Jenssen “Liv ved straumen” Photo: Mads Oftedal Schwencke
Why Queen Joséphine?
Completed in 1852, the summer palace of Oscarshall was commissioned by King Oscar I and bears his name. However, Queen Joséphine was also deeply involved in the project. There are those who claim the Queen’s involvement was so major that the small palace should have been named after her and not after the King. A wide array of Norwegian artists and craftsmen were commissioned in connection with the interior decoration and furnishing of Oscarshall. Important artists of the time include Joachim Frich, Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude. Both King Oscar and Queen Josephine took a great interest in art, and laid the foundation for the fine collection of older Norwegian art at the Royal Palace today. The new gallery is therefore a natural extension of a long tradition at Oscarshall.
Olav Christopher Jenssen “Liv ved straumen” Photo: Mads Oftedal Schwencke
The nominees of Queen Sonja Nordic Art Award 2014 are presented together in the exhibition “Commendable” (“Prisverdig”) at Norwegian Printmakers Gallery. The exhibition is opening today, Friday May 30th. In addition to this year’s nominees, the 2012 winner of the grant, the Finnish printmaker Tiina Kivinen, is participating with her work.
The thirteen nominees are: Daniel Milan, Adam Saks and Svend-Allan Sørensen from Denmark; Annu Vertanen, Tuula Lehtinen, Vappu Johansson and Elina Sipilä from Finland; Mikael Kihlman and Minako Masui from Sweden; Valgerdur Hauksdóttir and Hugleikur Dagsson from Iceland, Cathrine Dahl & Ørjan Aas and Ane Mette Hol from Norway.
The curators for “Commendable” is Sune Nordgren, project manager for the Queen Sonja Print Award, and Bjørg Emilie Moen from Norwegian Printmakers.
The Association of Norwegian Printmakers was founded in 1919 by, among others, Erik Werenskiold, Edvard Munch and Harald Sohlberg.
The purpose was to make printmaking recognized as an independent art form, and improve the artists situation. Since its establishment, The Association has worked continuously to maintain a high professional and ethical standard.
Norwegian Printmakers Gallery, situated in the centre of Oslo, has at any time more than 4000 prints represented by more than 300 artists. Making the gallery Norway’s principal place to buy and view contemporary prints.
The exhibition “Commendable” (“Prisverdig”) will stay until 27th of July, before it travels to Waldemarsudde in Stockholm where it is opening on the 27th of September.
May 27th was an important day for H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation. First and foremost because of the possibility to hand over the second Queen Sonja Nordic Art Award to the Danish artist Svend-Allan Sørensen. Sørensen is a distinctive voice in contemporary art. He works in several genres, such as visual art, installation , photography and video – but mainly with various forms of graphics. Often he brings animals – particularly birds – into art and thematically explores the relationship between nature and culture. Words can also fit in many of his works.
The prize ceremony took place in Oslo City Hall, with almost 300 guests present to applaud the gifted nominees, and of course, the winner himself. The Awards project manager, Sune Nordgren, shared the jury, and Queen Sonja presented the award to Sørensen. The winner received a prize of NOK 400.000 and a residency at the Atelje Larsen workshop in Helsingborg. The main purpose of the H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation is to create interest in graphic art and stimulate emerging artists to develop both the craft and the expression.
Since the establishment of the grant in 2011, it has been a Nordic distinction. In the Queens speech she could reveal that the price will now be an international award, named “The Queen Sonja Print Award”.
– Today I have the pleasure to announce great news for you, Queen Sonja said.
– Now we take the artist prize a big step forward. The Foundation’s Board of Directors has decided that the award should be international! For the next awards ceremony we will search the globe for the best candidates. With its focus on international graphic art of all expressions and techniques, we will, after my knowledge, become the largest prize within this field of the contemporary arts.
The new identity and this new website accompanies the change.
In connection with the 2014 prize ceremony, and opening the same evening, all nominees to the award will be presented in an exhibition at Norske Grafikere (Norwegian Printmakers Gallery). The gallery was founded in 1919 by, amongst other artists, Edvard Munch to “make graphic art acknowledged as an art form in its own right and to improve the conditions for artists”. Here professionals have through the years arranged exhibitions with Norwegian as well as foreign graphic artists and still based on an association of today over 300 printmakers all over the country.
In the fall, with a special opening by Queen Sonja on September 25th, the exhibition will travel to the Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde in Stockholm. Here the exhibition will be extended with the first ever showing of Three Journeys – Three Landscapes, the portfolio by the initiators of the Foundation: Queen Sonja, Kjell Nupen and Ørnulf Opdahl. In connection with this opening the updated book will be released in an English translation.
In spring 2015, with an opening on April 16th the 2014 Award Exhibition will be presented at Scandinavia House in New York.
The Nordic Printmaking Conference in Oslo, May 28th 2014, coincides with the award ceremony of the Queen Sonja Nordic Art Award 2014. We hope many seize the opportunity and visit the conference at Lysebu.
In collaboration with The Danish-Norwegian Cooperation Fund, the Association of Norwegian Printmakers will arrange a Nordic conference on printmaking at the Lysebu Research and Conference Centre in Oslo on May 28th 2014. The conference will have a Nordic profile and discuss the challenges and future of printed arts, a discipline that receives little notice within today’s contemporary art.
The contributors will be Marianne Gihle, Kåre Bulie, Poul Erik Tøjner, Magne Bruteig, Morten Krohg, Tiina Kivinen, Ian McKeever, Valger∂ur Hauksdóttir, Tuula Lethinen, Jan Svenungsson and Niels Borch Jensen.
The focus of the conference will be that of printmaking as an art form. The aim is to strengthen both the art of printmaking and the expertise within the area of art theory. The hope is to bolster interest, knowledge and acceptance for printmaking, with discussions that bring both professional and innovative viewpoints to the medium, and at the same time safeguarding tradition.
The conference has received generous support from the Fritt Ord Foundation, The Nordic Culture Fund and Kulturrådet – Arts Council Norway.
Outstanding graphic artists were considered for the Queen Sonja Art Award 2014. Although only one made it all the way to the top, the other candidates represent an exceptional selection of artists – whose works are well worth noticing. All the candidates have been nominated by the directors of the National Art Museums in the Nordic countries, as well as by the graphic societies in the Nordic countries, together with the board of the Foundation. They will all be presented in an exhibition to be inaugurated at the gallery of the Norwegian Graphic Society in Oslo on May 30th 2014. The exhibition will travel to Waldemarsudde in Stockholm in the fall of 2014, and to Scandinavia House in New York in 2015. This is a unique opportunity to view some of the Nordic countries’ finest graphic artists in one place.