Starting in February, the Royal British Society of Sculptors brings together works from Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland in the biggest ever large-scale exhibition dedicated to contemporary Nordic sculpture.
Spread across three venues – the RBS galleries on Old Brompton Road, the Goethe-Institut London and Imperial College’s Prince’s Gardens – the indoor-outdoor exhibition will display the work of 17 artists, including both established names on the contemporary sculpture scene and emerging talents exhibiting in London for the first time.
Three of Norway’s most intriguing artists are having their work showcased at Skulptur.
Mariken Kramer’s work is known for exploring the relationships between the individual and society. Her piece Patterns of Inclusion – created in collaboration with minority-dominated Sofienberg Secondary School – poignantly explores mechanisams of social exclusion through the means of a playground game.
Berlin-based Ingar Dragset is one half of the artistic pairing of Elmgreen and Dragset (the other is Denmark’s Michael Elmgreen). The duo are known for the the subversive wit of their work and frequently use their sculptures and institallations as vehicle for social critique. Skulptur presents a print of their piece When a country falls in love with itself, which raises a sly eyebrow at Denmark’s ideas of its own national identity by placing a mirror in front of the iconic Little Mermaid statue of Copenhagen.
Finally, Karianne Stensland, whose work spans sculpture, text, drawing and music and typically interrogates notions of power and gender, presents a performance piece in which she is hypnotised in front of a live audience before creating a sculpture out of stone.
In other words, Skulptur is far from your average sculpture exhibition…