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Work

The job at the Grimstad House of Culture is thoroughly described in previous news pages. Constant adjustments in the cinema-technics provide our audience with better sound, clearer picture and more frequent screenings—a nicer viewing experience as we solve problems and slowly improve. We also make more money for the municipality as we let our areas to meetings and concerts more frequently. (You may find more on events in the passage "stage performances" in the right side bar.)

This web site

This web site is steadily growing with more than 3.000 visits and 6.000 page views each month. (More than 94% of the visits are by PC users. During the last quarter 84% of the visits were regular guests. 175 pages in Norwegian, New-Norwegian and German, so far.) Unfortunately this site doesn't work perfectly in Netscape. After some work on the CSS file I'm beginning to grasp some of the problem though ...

Some Current Main Worldwide Internet Connections :: There is a strange link here as well

Paintings and cultural heritage

In late summer the Bomuldsfabriken Art Hall displayed japanese photography. Inspired by this highly aesthetic experience I went for a short and rather hectic culture tour in South Eastern Norway—and got one pleasureable moment after another.

First stop was an art highlight this year: a visit to the Kistefos museum at Jevnaker. This year's main exhibition was "Tones from the Sallow Flute. The Fleskum painters." The depicting of nature in paintings by Harriet Backer, Kitty L. Kielland, Gerhard Munthe and Erik Werenskiold went right to my heart. (After Svalbard I've become rather patriotic to Norwegian nature, you see.) A classic and rather mythic theme was given by Eilif Peterssen's variations over a certain motif. One of the Norwegian icons, the painting "The Sallow Flute" from 1889, was exhibited for the first time in years. (I believe it is owned by a wealthy Norwegian living in London.)

In 2001 Kistefos focused on I.C. Dahl, the king of Norwegian romanticism and the first truly Norwegian painter. Amongst other pictures they had borrowed a painting that hadn't been to Norway for decades, owned by a gallery in New York. Both the art, the old milling buildings, the waffles and the atmosphere by the waterfalls is hereby recommended!

The next morning I visited the Eidsborg stave church, which was built in the 13. century. Thereafter breakfast at Dalen Hotel, which is a huge example of chauvinistic architecture from the beginning of the 20. century (Norwegian pride and nationalism). Both buildings are situated in Tokke municipality in Western Telemark. But my original goal was to go and see the medieval buildings of Rygnestad courtyard.

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A storehouse at Grimdalen :: This picture is not true to the ornaments of the storehouse described next, but is merely showed as to illustrate what kind of building I'm writing about

Though, on my way I came by the most beautiful storehouse I've laid my eyes upon. You'll find it at the scheduled Grimdal courtyard by the hilly road R45 from Dalen to Setesdal. The storehouse was well preserved and richly decorated—a real jewel of Norwegian cultural heritage! The courtyard also held a barn, a firehouse, several outhouses, an earth cellar and a dwelling house. The Rygnestad buildings were great too, but I was still overwhelmed by the surprise in Grimdalen.

Three weeks later I went to Kristiansand for a cup at Laura's Coffee Bar. [Personally I think they're the best in Agder. In 2003 they were voted among the six best in Norway.] As usual I went for walk to see what was displayed in the main galleries in town. At Christianssand's Art Centre, right across the square outside Laura's, I came across a series of large portraits by Mette Tronvold. I had seen some of her works some years ago in Trondheim, and it is fascinating to see perfect larger-than-life photographs.

Prior to this, in late summer 2002, Talleiv Taro Manum had displayed photos and some sculptures in the same centre. The display was a kind of hommage to his departed dog, photographs of the dog in everyday situations, a bit tableau vivantish, and the skin of the dog lay in a chest.

Talleiv plays with rural romanticism and Norwegian icons, often set in worn and somewhat trashy surroundings, something in between the countryside and London's Docklands during the eighties. Combined with chosen objects from the fifties and the sixties the wholeness is both humourous and naïve.

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Artwork by Ruth Spaak :: Link to a web page on some of her works

Durng spring 2002 the Sørlandet Art Museum arranged BIENNALE SYD with the exhibition Crossing Borders. Ruth Spaak had some easily likeable installations: dresses made out of plastic strips, six-pack holders, and the thing that plugs soft drink cans, rubber bands and the likes. The avantgarde of the eighties seems to be institutionalized, but the aesthetics has withstood the years.

Postscript!

Just as fun as technical challenges and art was a visit to the Dyreparken Zoo not far from Kristiansand. Two children and four adults got to see hyenas, tigers, giraffe, gnus, donkeys, several species of dear, monkeys, lemurs, snakes and wolves—big fun!

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