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27/08/2021 - 02/01/2022

Collection Display - Painting


Christen Sveaas Art Foundation - This is the Night Mail Selected by Ida Ekblad

This is the Night Mail is the first line of W.H. Auden’s 1936 poem describing a train journey across a sleeping Britain as it carries the nation’s mail. It accompanied a film commissioned by the Post Office with a soundtrack by composer Benjamin Britten. The poem has inspired Norwegian artist Ida Ekblad in her selection of works from the collection of Christen Sveaas.

The Oslo-based collection has been built up over forty years with a focus on painting by Norwegian and international artists alongside antique silver and glass objects.

Ekblad explores how moonlit interiors and landscapes frame dreams, dramas and transgressions. She includes 19th and 20th century masterpieces by Norwegian artists, such as the planetary compositions of Anna-Eva Bergman, disturbing fables by Theodor Kittelsen, psychologically-charged nightscapes by Edvard Munch and dreamy nocturnes by Harald Sohlberg. Imagining the display as three train compartments, Ekblad also shows contemporary night scenes by artists such as Sophie Calle, Martin Kippenberger, Ed Ruscha and Rosemarie Trockel.


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