I had the best intentions of seeing the Game of Thrones Exhibition, until I spotted the never-ending queue that went along the block and continued around the corner. The security guard confirmed my suspicions; the first part of the queue would take one hour to reach the entrance, and then another to be able to see the exhibition. I did want to see the costumes from the popular television series, even though I did not have an urgent need to sit on the Iron Throne, nor use 4-D headphones with display to ascend the massive wall of ice. The exhibition has only visited two cities in Europe: Belfast, where it is filmed, and Oslo, due to the massive number of viewers. Since I did not have enough time to spare, I gave up and will continue to study the costumes on television. Here are photos from one who queued, see blackforestmag, and here is a video showing a selection of the brilliant costumes and their designer: Game of Thrones: The Costumes. Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju – Tormund Giantsbane in the series – came to visit on the opening day, and feed a part of the queue on his way in, take a look at this video and enjoy: Kristofer Hivju meets the fans.
My husband and I went to the opening of Pierre’s new exhibition at Åpent Bakeri/Open Bakery a few weeks back. Yes it is him standing in the doorway in the photo above. This is his second exhibition at Åpent Bakeri, called “Fragments 2013” and shows “photos of 18 moments which made him stop and forget everything else for a second. Fragments from a life and a world filled with longing and happiness; to a smaller or a larger degree from France and Lebanon.” Those are the other two countries close to his heart, where he has family and friends. Pierre explains in the interview at foto.no that it is the daily moments that catches his attention; whether it is a situation, a movement or light that attracts him. Pierre is mainly driven by a wish to share the just these special moments with others. And I for one, is ever so grateful he does. Do look at the photos accompanying the interview and on his website: pierrehetzel. The exhibition will be hanging until late December, so do visit the exhibition and enjoy the moments he has captured so brilliantly, if you can.
The most comprehensive presentation of Edvard Munch’s art ever displayed is currently on at the National Gallery in Oslo, covering the years 1882-1903, and at the Munch Museum, covering the years 1904-1944. Edvard Munch was artistically active for more than 60 years from his debut in the early 1880s until his death in 1944 and this exhibition illustrates the scope of it. “In his day he elicited anger and admiration for his unorthodox style of painting. His continual experimentation arouses interest even today. The enormous scope of the exhibition has been made possible through cooperation between the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and the Munch Museum. The works on display have been selected from the museums’ own collections and supplemented by generous loans from public and private institutions in Norway and abroad.” In addition Edvard Munch’s monumental paintings can be experienced in the University of Oslo Aula – including The Sun (see below) and in the Dining Hall (read: employee cafeteria) at Freia Chocolate Factory and his studio at Ekely. They are open at weekends during the exhibition period: 2. June – 13. October. The exhibition is inspiring and haunting at the same time. Munch depicts the creative and destructive powers of love to an astonishing depth of raw emotion. An exhibition not to be missed if you are in Oslo. Enjoy his paintings (see press) at: munch150