Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway will visit France for a few days around 10 March. The Queen will attend the opening of the new Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré (CCC OD) in Tours, France, on 10 March 2017. The opening of the new centre will take place in a brand new building designed by the Portuguese architect Manuel Francisco Aires Mateus. In addition to being a centre for contemporary art through thirty years, CCC OD manages the legacy of the French artist Olivier Debré (1920-1999). Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré was opened in 1984 and was one of the very first created by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. The centre will be more than 4,500 square meters in size.
The official opening of the new CCC OD will be marked by extensive exhibits in various ways related to Norway. The exhibition “Olivier Debré: a trip to Norway” presents the painter’s works inspired by his many trips to the Kingdom of Norway. Many of these paintings come from different Norwegian collections. In addition, the works by several Norwegian artists are present in the exhibition, including Per Barclay, Thora Dolven Balke, Tiril Hasselknippe Ahmad Ghossein, Saman Kamyab, Ignas Krunglevicius, Kamilla Jensen, Lars Laumann, Solveig Lønseth, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Linn Pedersen and AK Dolven.
Queen Sonja is very interested in art, and she has always been. As recently as last October, the Queen opened a brand new arts centre in the Norwegian town of Trondheim. 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.
Royal Central will keep you updated on the Queen’s visit to France in March.