Nordic pavilions in Venice
The Venice Biennale was organised for the first time in 1895 and is now celebrating its 53rd year. The festival embraces art exhibitions, dance, music, theatre and architecture.
Fare mondi - Making Worlds
The Biennale enjoys broad international participation and the main exhibition Making Worlds includes works by over 90 artists from all over the world. There are exhibitions from 77 countries in their own pavilions as well as 44 collaborative projects.
Queen Sonja opened the Danish and the Nordic pavilions on Thursday afternoon. The pavilions are to be seen as two parts of the same whole and have been constructed to give the impression of a home in which the visitor is shown around as if by an estate agent. During the guided tour the stories of the people who live there emerge.
The exhibition is entitled The Collectors and examines questions such as why people collect things, which factors determine what people choose to collect, which objects people choose to surround themselves with and what that says about them.
Punta della Dogana
Later in the afternoon the Queen attended the official opening of the new museum, Punta della Dogana. The museum is dedicated to contemporary art. Its permanent exhibition will display the collection of the French businessman François Pinault.
Fehn: A Homage
On Friday 5 June the Queen took part in a symposium dedicated to the Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn (1924 - 2009).
The Queen was also given a guided tour of the exhibition at the Venetian Arsenal by curator Daniel Birnbaum, and met Norwegian-Zambian artist Anawana Haloba, whose works are on display there. The Norwegian Minister of Culture and Church Affairs, Mr Trond Giske, was also in attendance.
On Saturday the Queen is scheduled to visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.