Opening day at Kistefos museum

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  1. ARTIST ON HAND FOR UNVEILING: This year’s addition to Kistefos’ sculpture park was a product of Swedish-American artist Claes Oldenburg (center) and his late Dutch wife, the artist Coosje van Bruggen. The couple, known for large replicas of everyday objects, envisioned thumbtacks tumbling down a hill on Kistefos’ scenic grounds, hence the sculpture Tumbling tacks seen in the background.
  2. “VERY ALIVE:” Artist Claes Oldenburg (at right) noted that the hillside chosen for the “Tumbling tacks” display once was used for transporting timber to the Kistefos factory. He said he and his late wife thought their artwork was “very alive” and would reflect the “changed nature” of Kistefos.
  3. BIG DAY FOR SVEAAS: Christen Sveaas, shown here being interviewed by TV2, has long been the driving force behind the Kistefos Museum. His grandfather once ran the place when it was the old pulp factory AS Kistefos Træsliberi and Sveaas is intent on preserving its industrial history. Sveaas has used millions of his own fortune to finance renovation projects and acquire additions to the sculpture park. At left, the American ambassador Benson K Whitney.
  4. SCENIC SETTING: The river Randselva rushes through the scenic grounds of the Kistefos Museum, which spreads over a wide forested area just south of the Randsfjord in Jevnaker, about an hour’s drive northwest of Oslo.
  5. PLAYTIME AT THE PARK: Children aren’t above playing around and even on top of the sculptures collected by Christen Sveaas and on display at Kistefos. This one is called Octopus, created in 1997 by artist Bjarne Melgaard.
  6. SUMMER EXHIBIT: This year’s art exhibit at Kistefos features the collection of Harry Fett, a Norwegian industrialist and conservator who founded a movement in the late 1800s to bring art into the workplace. He shared his own vast collection, lending out paintings to factories and offices, and encouraged others to do the same. Paintings on display include works by legendary Norwegian artists Christian Krohg, Edvard Munch, Harriet Backer and Christian Skredsvig. The exhibit runs until September. For more details, go to http://www.kistefos.museum.no/
  7. “PROUD:” Chisten Sveaas told the crowd that he was “extremely proud” of the sculpture by Oldenburg and his late wife Coosje van Bruggen, and said it meant that “her spirit will stay alive here for eternity.” Sveaas also expressed his appreciation for some new state funding that will help the industrial part of the museum continue its renovation efforts.
  8. CELEBRITIES AMONG THE CROWD: The Kistefos Museum came about mostly through the efforts of investor and art lover Christen Sveaas (left, in orange tie). He was joined on Sunday by the US Ambassador to Norway, Benson K. Whitney (in beige jacket on Sveaas’ left) and scores of other well-known Norwegians from the arts and business world, to unveil a new sculpture and kick off Kistefos’ summer exhibit. (All photos in this series by Morten Møst, text by Nina Berglund)
  9. SPOTTED IN THE CROWD: Real estate investor Christian Ringnes of the Ringnes brewing family (left) was among the business celebrities who showed up for the launch of Kistefos’ summer season.SUMMER EXHIBIT: This year’s art exhibit at Kistefos features the collection of Harry Fett, a Norwegian industrialist and conservator who founded a movement in the late 1800s to bring art into the workplace. He shared his own vast collection, lending out paintings to factories and offices, and encouraged others to do the same. Paintings on display include works by legendary Norwegian artists Christian Krohg, Edvard Munch, Harriet Backer and Christian Skredsvig. The exhibit runs until September. For more details, go to http://www.kistefos.museum.no/

The Kistefos Museum came about mostly through the efforts of investor and art lover Christen Sveaas. Each spring he is joined by scores of other well-known Norwegians from the arts and business world, to kick off Kistefos’ summer exhibit.