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PHOTOSHOOT FOR STINES AGENTURER

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Stines Agenturer was established in 2007 and throughout the
following years they have created a solid customer base of interior and clothing outlets throughout Norway.

Stines Agenturer proudly represent leading designers and suppliers who are able to remain ajour with market trends without having to compromise their choice of excellent materials, quality and unique design.

 

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Stines Agenturer’s collection offers a wide variety at competitive prices.  It is also important to Stine that many of her brands should be compatible with each other. As a qualified interior designer, Stine is able to use her knowledge of colour and colour combinations to ensure that each customer gets the very best advice when choosing from her collection.

 

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Spikersuppa in the heart of Oslo.

 

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OSLO LANDMARKS

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Designed by the architectural company Snøhetta, The Oslo Opera House was completed in 2007. It really is a building for the people – appearing to rise out of the fjord, the functional white marble
roofing provides welcome walks, views and seating on sunny days in Oslo.

 

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Clean lines in Italian marble and white granite.

 

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View towards the Havnelageret. In its heyday it was the largest
concrete building in Europe.  The visiting Dutch Noah’s Ark is moored alongside.

 

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She Lies – a work by Monica Bonvicini in front of the Opera House. It floats on a concrete platform and wind and water dictate how it turns on it’s axis.

 

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The 22 story Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel to the left behind the yellow tower crane, and another view of the Barcode. Our personal favourite is the white Deloitte Huset designed by Snøhette, the same firm of architects who are responsible for the Opera House.

 

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Paddleboarding past the Barcode.

 

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Much more planned here with apartments and the new
Munch Museum. It will be a very exciting area when completed but has caused a lot of traffic chaos in the construction phase so far.

 

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The amazing Dutch Ark of Noah built by Johan Huibers was visiting Oslo. Unbelievably, he has built another, so big it could swallow 5000 people. The plan is to tow it to Rio for the Olympic games. This one was enormous and we were tempted to go for curiosity’s sake but at 220kr each we decided to give it a miss.

 

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Oslo City Hall in the background and the “Helena” taking sightseers around the Harbour.

 

KUSAMA EXHIBITION

On Saturday 16/4/2016 we visited the Henie Onstad Art Center‘s exhibition featuring the work of the 87 year old Japanese artist and and writer Yayoi Kusama.

 

Kusama is a pioneer in the world of avant-garde and in 2015 was rated as one of the top ten living artists in the world. On several
occasions she has broken records for the highest price paid for the work of a female artist.

In 1973 she checked herself in as a mentally ill patient at the Seiwa Hospital in Tokyo and has been living their ever since. She produces new works from her studio which is just a short distance away from the hospital.

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour around the exhibition – it was colourful, inspirational, and tickled all the senses. You leave knowing that you have been close to a very unique woman who was at the very heart of conceptual art with roots in minimalism, surrealism and pop art. She appears to have been incredibly prolific and was a great influence to people like Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Such a shame she has to battle with her demons when she is so
incredibly talented. Like everyone else who visited, we will not forget her.

 

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You can be forgiven for thinking this is the artist in person – almost scary the amazing detail in her lifesize replica!

 

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Giant canvases.

 

 

 

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One, two, three jump and take the shot. Kusama liked to cover
herself in polka dots and become part of the canvas and we thought that was a good idea so this is Aurora’s tribute.

 

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Does this make you think of Munch’s – The Scream?  There were a few visitors having a laugh as we took this shot but it turned out pretty well I think.

 

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Wonder what these two art lovers are making of this exhibit 🙂

 

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Colour everywhere!

 

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Infinity Mirror rooms; which typically involve a cube shaped room being clad with mirrors, water on the floor and flickering lights. This glass cube from her mirror series was just over 2 meters high and I guess around 175 m broad with two peek holes in each side. It was great fun, and everyone that managed to  get their face in front of the holes appeared many times over in the final photo.

 

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Every phallic shape was hand sewn by the artist and fixed onto the exhibits.

 

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Me behind the lens this time, and Aurora, no surprise was very
appropriately dressed for the shot – fun photo, and I think Kusama
would approve.

 

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Another of Kusama’s themes – the giant gourd!

 

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Polka dots – Kusama’s signature that brings out the child in you. There were many younger visitors who were obviously loving the bright colours in every room.

 

The last room before the exit. It was a pure white space at the
opening but everyone gets their own polka dot to place at will… and
just look at the result so far!

 

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Playing a Polka on a polka dot piano!

 

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Encased behind glass in all her polka dot glory a brilliant cast of
Kasuma – so lifelike you wouldn’t have blinked if she’d suddenly walked out.

 

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We loved this world class art exhibition that
just made you want to jump for joy!

Henie Onstad Art Center

Sonja Henie was a gifted Norwegian figure skater who won Gold in three Olympics. She also won ten World Championships and six
European Championships in a row. (1927-1936 and 1931-1936). At the height of her career she also become one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She and her third husband Niels Onstad a shipping magnate shared a love of art and their collection helped fund the Henie Onstad Art Center.

The Center lies close to Sandvika on the outskirts of Oslo and opened in 1968. It blends beautifully into the woody hillside above the fjord and apart from visits to the exhibitions, it is also a popular area for both jogging and walking.

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The wonderful town of Bergen in Norway – famous for it’s beautiful wooden buildings, tramcar funicular, fish market and a rather wet climate!

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Evening view towards the top of the Fløybanen in Bergen.

 

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Bryggen in Bergen is the third most visited attraction in Norway and comprises of 61 listed building that are on UNESCO’s world heritage list. Despite many fires in Bergen the basic structure of this area has been saved.

 

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Bergens famous Fløibanen.

This trip up Mount Fløyen takes 7 minutes and is a funicular, which means that the two trams are connected by cable and
counterbalance each other as they go in opposite directions. It is one
of Bergen’s most popular tourist attractions as well as being high on the list of Norway’s most visited too. From it’s start at 18 meters above sea level it arrives at it’s fantastic viewpoint at 320 masl.

 

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Restaurant To Kokker – a room with almost 300 years of history.

 

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Matbørsen

 

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2 views of Bergen’s Fish Market