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Birgitte Sigmundstad

Et Godt Motiv


22. november - 23. desember 2012

The title of Birgitte Sigmundstad’s new project takes her audience elegantly to the crux of the matter; she has made documentaries with parents, who talk about their experience of having children who work as artists. The artists in question are from various fields – pictorial artists, musicians and actors. 

The good motif or the good motive of the theme is something close to us all; what are the expectations and wishes of parents when it come to the career choices of their offspring, and what happens to their special wishes for their children and their general relationship to art when children choose this career path?  

Sigmundstad has worked on several projects involving artistic reconstruction. In this exhibition, she quite simply sets to work, taking an approach not taken by many. The history of art gives us countless opportunities to experience descriptions and stories about parents or couples who have worked in the field of art. But rarely do we hear the thoughts of the originators of the artists of today.  

In the words of Sigmundstad:  

“The aim of the film is to provide a picture of how we – seen through the eyes of the parents - relate to art and artists. Where does the artistic myth stand today, and what is regarded as artistic success?” Sigmundstad herself features in both of the exhibition’s films. In one of the films, her parents proudly talk about her sister’s Christmas card from the Norwegian Minister of Culture. Her sister is also an artist. The second film is a collection of interviews with the parents of a group of Norwegian artists, including the artist’s mother.  

Birgitte Sigmundstad is a well known video artist who, in addition to a wide spectrum of group exhibitions held internationally and here in Norway, has held ​​a number of solo exhibitions, most recently at Stenersen Museum in 2008 and at Kunstnerforbundet in 2010. Earlier this year, she received a lot of positive attention for her work commissioned for the exhibition “Sonja Henie - konstruksjonen av et bilde” at the Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter. Birgitte Sigmundstad is a graduate of the Surrey Institute of Art and Design. 

The project is funded by Arts Council Norway. 

Welcome to the opening at 7 pm on Thursday 22 November  

Introduction by Tone Hansen, director of Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter. 

Welcome to the press preview at 2 pm on Wednesday 21 November.  

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