July 2009

Last updated: 03/09/2009 //

Architecture

Snøhetta gives lecture at RCA

Award winning architects Kjetil Thorsen and Craig Dykers, co-founders of Norwegian architectural practice Snøhetta and designers of Oslo’s acclaimed new National Opera & Ballet House, will deliver the 2009 Royal Academy of Arts Annual Architecture Lecture on Monday 13 July.
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Performing Arts

The ghost of Ibsen has returned to London

The Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’, in which a widow reveals to her pastor that she had hidden the evils of her marriage for its duration, will run at the Arcola Theatre this summer. Ibsen is regarded as one of Norway’s greatest authors, celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians, and one of the most important playwrights of all time. [+] Read more
Literature

Beatlemania revisited

Lars Saabye Christensen’s book ‘Beatles’ will be released in the UK this July. The book has finally been translated into English, some 25 years after it was first published in Norway. The book follows Kim Karlsen and his three friends through their teenage years in Oslo. The story starts with the first wave of Beatlemania in Norway, in the spring of 1965. [+] Read more
Performing Arts

Celebrating Nordic artists

The Maddid Nordic Festival, aims to showcase up and coming Nordic artists, will take place in at The Space in London. Norwegian contempoary dancer Maria Korsnes will perform her solo piece ‘Hjemme’, and theatre collective Imploding Fictions with Norwegian artistic director Øystein Ulsberg Brager will present ‘Imitating Eloquence’. [+] Read more
Music

Casiokids tours UK

Casiokids, the first band ever to release a Norwegian language pop single in the UK, is back touring in July. International music press have doled out plenty of praise to the young Norwegians, leading to NME branding them ‘Scandinavia’s premier pop-tronica outfit’. 
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Performing Arts

Sea sick Lady to London

Ibsen's ' Lady from the Sea', which follows a woman's irresistible attraction to a demonic stranger, will be performed by the Tower Theatre Company in Central London. This classic Ibsen play dramatically explores the timeless themes of family tensions, forbidden love and growing up against the backdrop of the stunning Norwegian fjords. [+] Read more
Literature

New mystery from Norway’s ‘Queen of Crime’

'The Water’s Edge', the latest novel by one of Norway's most renowned crime writers Karin Fossum about Inspector Seijer, hits UK book stores in the beginning of July. A once peaceful community is deeply shaken when a young boy is found dead and the local children lose the sense of complete freedom they had enjoyed. Then a second boy goes missing. [+] Read more
Contemporary Art

Photographing states that don’t exist

Follow Norwegian photographer Jonas Bendiksen’s journey through the fringes of the former Soviet empire in a new exhibition at the PM Gallery in Ealing. ‘Satellites’ is a photographic journey through the scattered enclaves, unrecognised mini-states, and other isolated communities that straddle the southern borderlands of the former USSR. [+] Read more
News

A lecture to die for

A Norwegian expert on places of worship will give a lecture on funerary culture in Norway at London's St Olave's church on 14 July. The lecture with Oddbjørn Sørmoen is hosted by the Mausolea and Monuments Trust in the City Church dedicated to Norway’s patron saint. 
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Film

Epic Norwegian film now out on DVD

‘Max Manus’, the World War II epic which got a quarter of Norway’s population to the cinemas in the space of six weeks at the end of last year, has now been released on DVD in the UK. Max Manus was a resistance fighter, who in spite of being one of the most wanted men by the Gestapo in Norway, participated in some of the most daring sabotage attacks during World War II. [+] Read more
Culture

Norway’s Holland at National Portrait Gallery!

 Norwegian contemporary artist Natalie Holland’s work ‘Agnes’ has been selected to be part of the BP Portrait Award exhibition which runs from June until September. The Portrait Award, now in its thirtieth year at the National Portrait Gallery and twentieth year of sponsorship by BP, is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world, highlighting the very best in contemporary portrait painting. [+] Read more
Painting

Major Munch exhibition in Glasgow

The Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, part of the University of Glasgow, will show some of Edvard Munch's finest prints from 12 June. The exhibition will show a total of 40 of Edvard Munch's finest prints, and is the most substantial collection of Munch prints to be shown in the UK since 1973. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue and an exciting events programme. [+] Read more
Contemporary Art

Nico Widerberg exhibition moves on to Newcastle

After they inaugurated the Kings Place Gallery in London last year, sculptures by one of Norway's most distinguished artists, Nico Widerberg, will now be on display in Newcastle. The exhibition 'Nico Widerberg: Sculpture' at Northumbira University Gallery, in association with Kings Place Gallery, will showcase some of the artist's large and small scale sculptures in granite and glass. [+] Read more
Contemporary Art

Frans Widerberg exhibition in London

 One of Norway’s most celebrated artists, Frans Widerberg, will now exhibit paintings made between 1988 and 2008 at London’s Kings Place Gallery. Widerberg is one of those artistic visionaries who creates an alternative world, and in his paintings events take place in an empty landscape. 
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