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Queen Sonja opens new exhibition in Queen Sonja’s Art Stable

After being closed a few weeks, Queen Sonja’s Art Stable in Oslo is now open with a brand new exhibition. It is the artist Kjell Erik Killi-Olsen who now uses the royal gallery to exhibit sculptures he has made through four decades. The new display will be open in Oslo from 13 March to 3 June. Both Her Majesty the Queen and Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess participated in the official opening of the new exhibition.

Her Majesty Queen Sonja and the artist Kille-Olsen. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

The exhibition reveals Kjell Erik Killi-Olsen’s artistic signature, which is recognisable irrespective of material and format. The exhibit is an excellent collection of sculptures from all of Killi-Olsen’s extensive artwork, from the early 1980s to today. Some works have not been shown to the public before. In addition to individual sculptures, the installation “The Bare Forest” is a supporting element in the exhibition.

Her Majesty Queen Sonja and the artist Kille-Olsen. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

Her Majesty Queen Sonja was present together with her daughter-in-law when the exhibition opened today, as well as the artist, Kjell Erik Killi-Olsen. He, last week, met the press during an exclusive preview of the exhibition. Royal Central‘s Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen was present last week for the preview.

Queen Sonja. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

Aanmoen described the exhibition saying: “This is a modern exhibition consisting of sculptures which give a clear contrast to the old and traditional royal stables. The booths that the horses used before are now dedicated to only one sculpture. This gives us an opportunity to study each individual sculpture. Although the majority of sculptures are both 20 and 30-years-old, the royal stable gives the sculpture a new life. The fact that the Queen herself has participated in the process of establishing this exhibition makes it even more exciting. This gives us a deep dive into the Queen’s own artistic preferences.”

Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Her Majesty Queen Sonja. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

Even though Her Majesty was the one who chose the artist and was active in deciding which sculptures would be used, the Queen was not the first to see the exhibition. The staff from the Royal Court revealed to the press, who saw the display on Friday morning, that they saw the opening before the Queen. Queen Sonja, who had been on a state visit to Argentina, was first able to see the exhibition on Friday afternoon.

The sculpture “Difference unites”. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

One of the sculptures that appears is called “Difference unites”. This relatively small sculpture is unique. It has been owned by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess after they received it as a gift when they married in 2001.

The artist, Kjell Erik Killi-Olsen, talked with the press during the preview last week. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

“Queen Sonja’s Art Stable” was opened last summer on Queen Sonja’s 80th birthday. This gallery is located in the old stable buildings in the Palace Park and has never been accessible to the public before. From now on, the building will be a new arena for art, culture and history in Oslo and is worth a visit by those visiting the city.

The artist in front of a series of tall white sculptures that together constitute the installation called “The Naked Forest”. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

It will contain various exhibitions. The previous exhibit was dedicated to Queen Maud of Norway’s photographs and Norwegian graphics. The now-ended winter exhibition was dedicated to the Norwegian Royal Family’s use of horses through the last 100 years. The stable that now houses Queen Sonja’s galleries was completed in 1848 and was used as a stable for the royal horses until 1940.

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