On June 7th, Sir Peter Blake opens the exhibition ‘The Oslo Suite’ at the gallery Stolper + Friends in Oslo. It is an exhibition based on his inspirations of iconic Norwegian personalities and landmarks. In addition, he has decorated Skur 13 with ‘Icons of Norway’.
Skur 13 is a 13000 sq. ft. harbor warehouse at Tjuvholmen in Oslo. It was recently decorated by Damien Hirst, known for masterpieces like ‘Mother and Child Divided’ and the diamond head skull ‘For The Love of God’.
Sir Peter Blake set out a series of seven ‘found art’-prints and three collages.
‘I have always been interested in iconography from different countries and cities, and I recently designed collages of Paris and London. After that, Norway felt like a natural extension of this world tour. The exhibition has also given me the opportunity to work at Skur 13 where I exhibit some of my classic pop art symbols. I have also included the Norwegian flag in one of my designs, ‘says Sir Peter Blake in a statement. ‘I have chosen seven Norwegian icons from historic postcards and photographs which I have reproduced in large format on paper. I like how the ink can be beautifully printed in a very detailed way. I have also created three works based on my interest in collage, he continues.
‘The Oslo Suite’ is made exclusively for the gallery and the exhibition. The series of Norwegian icons include images of Sonja Henie, Fridtjof Nansen, Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Munch.
‘It is the first time Sir Peter Blake shows his art in a solo exhibition in Norway. Blake is the greatest living pop-art artist, with an incredible track record. The wall decoration ‘Icons of Norway’ is outstanding. Blake has never done anything in this size before in his career’, says Magne Furuholmen for gallery Stolper+Friends.
Sir Peter Blake held his first solo show in 1960. Since then, Blake built up a unique position in British pop-art and has for years been exhibited at the most prominent galleries and museums in the world. He is perhaps best known for his iconic album cover Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles in 1967.
‘Icons for Norway’ were unveiled on June 6th and the exhibition will be opened by Sir Peter Blake himself on June 7th at Gallery Stolper + Friends in Oslo.
ThorNews got a sneak-preview at the gallery, and present to our readers some exclusive photos from the exhibition. Enjoy!
Text modified by: Ester Jepsen, ThorNews
Photos by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews