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The graphic art exhibition “TEXTURE” opened in Bergen this weekend. The exhibition is a collaboration between Her Majesty The Queen and Magne Furuholmen.


During the past two years, Queen Sonja and Magne Furuholmen have collaborated on an artistic project in support of the Queen Sonja Print Award (QSPA). The result is a graphic art portfolio entitled “TEXTURE”, produced at the art studio Atelje Larsen in Helsingborg, Sweden.

Different starting points – shared fascination

The Queen is a keen amateur photographer, and most of her artistic production takes its point of departure in nature and photography. In contrast, Magne Furuholmen uses text and language as key components of his artwork.

Their collaboration demonstrates the many possibilities inherent in printmaking, and the common denominator between them is their use of photogravure. Both artists put distinct focus on surface and texture – details in nature, details in sculpture, transformed into new textures through printmaking. Many of the prints are double signed, as the artists have worked together closely and produced pieces combining elements from their respective fields of interest.

The exhibition is on display in Grieghallen in Bergen from 27 August to 3 September 2016.

Multiple exhibitions of “TEXTURE”

The exhibition will be on display at several other venues during 2016 and 2017:

  • Galleri Ismene, Trondheim (23 September–23 October 2016)
  • The Paul Stolper Gallery, London (27 September–23 October 2016)
  • Ålesund Kunstforening, Ålesund (5 November–4 December 2016)
  • Bodø Kunstforening, Bodø (9 March–2 April 2017)
  • Gulden Kunstverk, Steinberg (22 April–14 May 2017)

All revenues from the exhibitions will go to the Queen Sonja Print Award.



Queen Sonja and Magne Furuholmen on their collaboration with the graphic art exhibition Texture, marking the 5th anniversary of the Queen Sonja Art Award. Photo: Christian Lagaard, The Royal Court

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