Since the teenage years Queen Sonya (85) Gathered on arts and crafts, which became an essential and indispensable part of their existence. The verb she says she did is “with love.”
On June 22, the exhibition “Open Doors” opened at Dronning Sonja KunstStall.
More than 100 works from her private collection are displayed here, selected by Sune Nordgren (74) – former director of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. Many works on a daily basis are an important part of the interiors of the royal estate.
– Sune made an interesting choice, it turned out differently than I would have chosen myself, but it was just the way I wanted it, as the Queen wrote in the pamphlet for the exhibition.
At the opening, the Queen was followed by Crown Princess Mette-Marit, 48, and her granddaughter Maud Angelica, 19.
Her grandson continued the Queen’s interest in art, this spring finishing high school at Oslo City Steinerskol. Maud Angelica is also a skilled painter, something she inherited from her father, the late artist Ari.
It was easy to see the commitment of the three women inside the gallery. Smiles and laughter were also free between them.
While the Queen led the way with the press, Mette-Marit toured with Maud Angelica. Princess Taj lovingly bore her niece and was a caring aunt.
There were also musical elements this evening. Three newly graduated musicians from Norges Musikklinje and NTNU Jazz-linja performed two songs from Sonny Rollins, as well as performing “Jeg lagged meg så silde” – to Sonja’s great excitement.
Se og Hør’s envoy stood right behind the Queen and could see how she kept the rhythm with her head and her feet to the swinging music.
– That was good, guys. I am so fond of jazz, she revealed in abundance in her acceptance speech.
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It was easy to see from Queen Sonya that this was a special occasion for her.
– It is wonderful to look at one’s life on the walls, because that is what it is. When she begins to think and collect art when she is 15 years old – and today she has reached a certain age – it appears on the walls, said the Queen.
Art gave a special meaning to my life. I think life without art would be too poor and empty for most of us.
On the walls you can also find the works of the late Kjell Nupen, with whom Sonja collaborated for several years. She herself appeared with her own prints at the age of 74.
– This is life: meeting the artists in the studio or in the workshop and listening to the techniques and possibilities – and everything they have been through. You influenced me. Especially these encounters with the people who are shown here – they reflect what I have experienced.
Now everyone could see with their own eyes the treasures that the Queen had collected over the years. As coordinator Sonn Nordgren says:
– The show is a tribute to a highly personal group and enthusiastic collector!
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