Ivar Utsi Klemetsen
Helen Mayer Harrison
Pathways of Art in Europe (5th - 18th century). The show illustrates several particularly eloquent aspects of this artistic circulation and the various forms it took over a long period in the history of art. Melting Ice. Envisioning Change draws attention to the effects of climate change and to the fragile state of our polar ecosystems in particular, by bringing together 40 international artists and inviting them to respond to the theme of global warming.
Pathways of Art in Europe (5th - 18th century)
Curator: Prof. Roland Recht, Collège de France, Paris
Co-curators: Prof. Catheline Périer-d'Ieteren, Université Libre de Bruxelles - Prof. Pascal Griener, University of Neuchâtel
Long before asserting itself as a political entity, Europe was an area of intense circulation of people and goods. Despite wars and conflicts, this exchange of ideas, goods and innovations established lasting bonds between human communities, from the Mediterranean to the Baltic, from the Atlantic to the Urals. We often forget that artists, works of art and even wealthy men seeking to satisfy their hunger for beauty also travelled the trade routes and waterways. Thus, it is through past masterpieces and even modest works, that we can grasp and appreciate what was even at the dawn of the Middle Ages, a European space of art and thought.
The exhibition will illustrate, with many remarkable and often spectacular works, several particularly eloquent aspects of this artistic circulation and the various forms it took over a long period in the history of art (between the 5th and 18th centuries). It will include about 350 works, coming from over 100 European collections.
Melting Ice. Envisioning Change
The exhibition Melting Ice. Envisioning Change, put together by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Natural World Museum, opens at the Centre for Fine Arts in the autumn. Melting Ice draws attention to the effects of climate change and to the fragile state of our polar ecosystems in particular, by bringing together 40 international artists and inviting them to respond to the theme of global warming. How exactly is the climate changing? What are the political implications? And how can sustainable development contribute to peace? The artists endeavour to provide insight into these tricky questions through their work. No, art cannot save the world. But it can hold up a mirror…
The exhibition is a unique opportunity to peacefully unite people in thought and deed through the universal language of art. Melting Ice sets out to increase awareness of global warming and climate change and to inspire a positive change of attitude and stimulate effective action among individuals, communities and world leaders.
Artists from Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Serbia, the USA, Spain, England and Wales, Peru, Croatia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, etc. are taking part in Melting Ice. They include Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen, Jonas Liverod, Laura Horelli, Lucy Orta, Mona Hatoum, Subhankar Banerjee, David Nash, Dalibor Martinis, David Buckland, Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, David Trubridge, Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, Gary Hume, David and Hi-Jin Hodge.
Melting Ice opened at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo on June 5th to coincide with the annual UN World Environment Day. The exhibition can be seen there until August 2007. The Centre for Fine Arts will host Melting Ice from October 2007 to January 2008, after which the exhibition will travel on to Chicago in the USA.
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