Peter Blake, known to many as the father of British Pop Art, has created a new series of prints, entitled ‘The Oslo Suite’, inspired by his experience of the Norwegian City. ‘The Oslo Suite’ is opening at Stolper + Friends on June 7 and running through July 1.
Here is a description of the exhibition taken in part from a gallery statement:
The pioneer of British Pop Art finally comes to Norway! Sir Peter Blake covers the entire ‘Shed 13’ on Tjuvholmen with his Pop Art icons and opens the exhibition ‘The Oslo Suite’ at Stolper + Friends Gallery.
One of Peter Blake’s most iconic works is the album cover of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 1967. But in the late 20th century, Blake helped define the British Pop Art scene and has exhibited at the world’s leading museums and galleries.
‘The Oslo Suite’ is Blake’s first solo exhibition in Norway, where he will show ten new, custom-made works inspired by Norwegian landmarks and iconic Norwegians. Among them are Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen, Sonia Henie, Edvard Munch – and a-ha. The Norwegian flag is also incorporated in one of his designs.
“Blake is the greatest living pop art artist, with an incredible track record,” Magne tells Aftenposten. “He has included a-ha in a series of historic – or iconic – Norwegians. This is part of his found-art series and his focus on fame and historical importance,” Magne says. “It is an amazing thing to be included in his oevre.”
The a-ha photo chosen for the exhibition was taken by Norwegian photographer Janne Møller-Hansen, who traveled with a-ha during their first world tour in 1986-1987. Many of you will remember that Janne had a photo exhibition in Oslo in December 2010, coinciding with a-ha’s final concerts.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Blake will provide the city with giant ‘Icons For Norway’. The 1200 square meter images cover the entire facade of the ‘Shed 13’ and are the artist’s largest works ever.
Tags: Art, Exhibitions, Magne, Norway