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Queen Sonja opens new art center in Trondheim

Queen Sonja of Norway will tonight open “Kunsthallen Trondheim”, a brand new centre for contemporary art on an international level. The art centre will work with artists from different countries to promote contemporary art. They have exhibited art since 2013, but it will be officially opened today by the Queen. The opening will take place tonight and will consist partly of various artistic performances.

Read more about The Art Hall in Trondheim here.

Queen Sonja cooperated for several years with artists Ørnulf Opdahl and Kjell Nupen. Photo: Rolf M. Aagaard / Det kongelige hoff.

Queen Sonja cooperated for several years with artists Ørnulf Opdahl and Kjell Nupen. Photo: Rolf M. Aagaard /Royal Court, Norway

The Queen is a competent artist herself. She has created a large number of art objects and cooperated with numerous great artists, including Kjell Nupen. Her Majesty has, for many years, handed out “The Queen Sonja Print Award” which is awarded every second year. Until 2014, this price was exclusively intended for artists from the Nordic nations, but in 2014 it was made into an international award. That same year the Queen established a brand new award “The Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant” in memory of her good friend, Kjell Nupen.

The Queen works with Kjell Nupen on an art piece. Photo: Rolf M. Aagaard / Det kongelige hoff.

The Queen works with Kjell Nupen on an art piece. Photo: Rolf M. Aagaard / Royal Court, Norway

Every year, the Norwegian government operated TV-channel NRK campaigns to raise money for charity, and just a few days ago, it was announced that Queen Sonja, this year, will donate a graphic print to be auctioned off during the upcoming event this Sunday. This is not the first time the Queen donate her art to raise money for a good cause. Last year, the Queen donated one of her pictures to raise money for Syrian refugees.

Another of the Queen's pictures. Photo: Atelje Larsen / Det kongelige hoff.

One of the Queen’s pictures. Photo: Atelje Larsen /Royal Court, Norway

This past summer and fall much was written about the Queen’s art in the Norwegian media. A number of her works were earlier this year auctioned off in London. The auction was a success, and the Queen sold her art for over £195,000. All the money will go to charitable purposes.

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