Queen Sonja, whose interest in contemporary art is well established, has inaugurated an exhibition where her own collection of works of art is presented. To inaugurate this exhibition this Thursday, Queen Sonja was accompanied by her daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and one of her granddaughters. For the first time, Maud Angelica Behn, the daughter of Princess Märtha Louise attended an official event with her grandmother.
Queen Sonja exhibits a hundred works belonging to her collection of 1600 pieces collected since her adolescence
“It’s wonderfully strange to see your own life on the walls”, said Queen Sonja of Norway this Thursday, June 23, inaugurating the exhibition of works of art that she began to collect at the age of 15. According to Royal Court, the Queen’s collection includes no less than 1,600 works. The curator Sune Nordgren, who was notably director of the National Museum, chose around a hundred works to exhibit, which represents around 50 different artists.
Mette-Marit and Maud Angelica accompany Queen Sonja to the opening
The Doors Open exhibition is currently on view at the Dronning Sonja KunstStall, the former stables of the Royal Palace in Oslo which have been converted into exhibition halls. The opening of the exhibition took place in the presence of a hundred guests including some of the artists exhibited. Queen Sonja came accompanied by her daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Mette-Marit. More rare, she was also accompanied by her eldest granddaughter, Maud Angelica Behn, the first of three daughters of Princess Märtha Louise.
Maud Angelica Behn is herself an artist. The 19-year-old is fifth in line to the Norwegian throne. Queen Sonja shares her passion for art with several of her grandchildren. Princess Ingrid Alexandra, eldest daughter of the heir to the throne, has a sculpture park in her name.
The Queen’s art collection has been assembled over a period of over 65 years and contains mostly contemporary art. Works by female artists make up about half of the collection. Most of the artists are Nordic, although there are also international artists. The queen notably has an Andy Warhol who represents her. In the 1980s, the American artist produced a series of portraits called Celebrities. Sonja, who was still Crown Princess, is featured in one of the paintings in this series.
The Queen was recently named an Honorary Craftsman by the Oslo Association of Crafts and Industry for her support of Norwegian craftsmanship over many decades. In addition to the opening of the exhibition, the queen and the organizers have reserved a surprise for the guests by unveiling an additional room which opens its doors to the royal stables.