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Exhibition remembers Oslo bombing

Damaged work of art is the focus

Hannah Ryggen's 1958 tapestry managed to survive the bombing with just a small tear on one side. Photo: Steffen Wesselvold Holden/Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum

A new exhibition recalls the terrorist attack on government buildings in central Oslo on 22 July 2011. “We Are Living on a Star”, which opens on 30 January at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (until 27 April 2014), takes its name from a tapestry by the artist Hannah Ryggen (1894-1970) that hung in one of the bombed government buildings.

The tapestry was Ryggen’s largest and arguably most important commissioned work, which managed to survive the bombing with just a small tear on one side. It now forms the main focus of the exhibition of art works by 18 international and national contemporary artists who have been invited to explore the concept of “normality”.

“The reason for us putting on this event is that everybody in Norway has experienced the incident very strongly. It does something to what we experience as ‘normal’,” says Marit Paasche, the curator of the exhibition.

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