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"Constructions" Underway in Seoul
Envoy Introduces 1st Exhibition of Norwegian Contemporary Arts and Crafts Being Held in S. Korea
By Alex Ahn
Staff Reporter
Norwegian Ambassador to Seoul Didrik Tønseth

Norwegian Ambassador to Seoul Didrik Tønseth and his spouse Mrs. Bjørg Skorstad kicked off an exhibition of Norwegian crafts and arts on Jan. 27, 2010 at Seoul’s Insa-dong area of art galleries.

The ambassadorial couple invited a host of both international and local guests including many top foreign envoys and their spouses for the opening ceremony of “Constructions,” which will go on until Feb. 9, 2010.

Among the guests were Dutch Amb. Hans Heinsbroek and his wife Donna Heinsbroek and Ms. Marita Seidt, wife of German Amb. Hans-Ulrich Seidt.

A total of 27 contemporary works of art by 16 different Norwegian artists are being displayed at the Korea Craft Promotion Foundation in Seoul’s Insa-dong or Mary’s Alley from Jan. 27 till Feb. 9, 2010.

"Constructions," 1st Exhibition of Norwegian Contemporary Arts and Crafts being held from Jan. 27 to Feb. 9, 2010 in Seoul

A variety of objects include a handbag, a bowl, a curtain, a wooden sculpture, and a dagger made out of reindeers.

“Construction” is the first exhibition of contemporary Norwegian arts and crafts ever held in South Korea, according to the Norwegian envoy.

“The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Seoul has been able to bring the contemporary Norwegian arts and crafts exhibition “Constructions” to South Korea,” Amb. Tønseth said in a speech.

“I hope that Koreans and other foreigners in Korea get to know more about the contemporary art of Norway” he said.

Dignitary geusts at "Construction" Exhibition of Norwegian Contemporary Arts and Crafts

The Norwegian envoy said that this exhibition has previously been to Ireland, Russia, Spain, and Chile with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts.

“With its focus on creative thinking and design through traditional techniques, it is only fitting that it should also appear before a Korean audience,” Amb. Tønseth said in the speech.

The opening hours are from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. during the period. The exhibition location is the Korea Craft Promotion Foundation building at 182-2 in Gwanhun-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul.

For details or inquiries visit its website
, or call the center at 733-9040/2, or contact the Norwegian Embassy at 795-6850.

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