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Painting Norway: opening week in photos

And what an opening week it was! Our brand new exhibition, Nikolai Astrup: Painting Norway definitely kicked off in style with a visit from HM the Queen of Norway to commence proceedings, a fire garden extravaganza in the grounds over the weekend and an installation of possibly the most unique artwork to grace the space of the Gallery’s mausoleum to date…

HM Queen Sonja made a special trip to the UK to officially open the exhibition on Wednesday 4 February. After her opening speech she enjoyed a tour with Dulwich’s Sackler Director and co-curator of the show, Ian Dejardin before sitting down for a three course Norwegian-inspired dinner with nearly 100 guests.

On Friday and Saturday evening we paid homage to Astrup’s midsummer bonfire paintings with our own celebration in the grounds, which transformed into a fire garden extravaganza. Fire specialists Walk the Plank brought to life the sense of warmth and life in Astrup's oil paintings and prints with a beautiful series of fiery installations including flaming lotus flowers, fire-breathing hollies and swaying giant bulrushes. Despite the rather blustery weather conditions visitors kept warm with mulled cider and hot chocolate and enjoyed food from local street food vendor La Tartiflette and our brand new on-site cabin.

And all this was topped off with a new installation in the Gallery’s mausoleum Forest Folk, a digital artwork which responds to human movement. A bespoke creation inspired by the sense of magic in Astrup’s landscapes is up and running and free to experience with a ticket to the exhibition. Find out more about the project and what you can expect here.