by Skjalg Ekeland


The gallery where art is taken by the wind (TRANSLATED)

You should lace on the mountain boots if you intend to go to an exhibition at Bergen’s smallest and most unavailable art gallery.

Clamped between Japanese tourists, on the way up with a packed funicular, says Louise Butler. The artist has pressed a red painted bench in between the compact tourist mass. The bench is going up the path, it will be carried on to the city’s most remote art gallery. I use the bench to create “viewing points”, says the young artist, saying that this is a project she has previously worked with it in India and in Mexico. Before she can mount the bench, which is part of an installation at Kronborg gallery, she has forty-five minutes to walk on foot. She must wear the bench on her back. She gets help from colleague Robin Everett from Glasgow. Both of them are based on the master’s program at the Bergen University of Art and are part of the group that now runs the little little gallery, on Bergen’s roof.

Remains of a cottage Kronborg was originally a cabin located about 200 meters east of Rundemannen. It is supposedly built in 1905 and should have been diligently used until the beginning in the 1970s. Then weather, wind and time were freezing with the solid brick buildings. In the end, the decay had come so far that the municipality feared that the building could collide by itself and pose a danger to both people and animals. Just before Easter ten years ago, the chalet Kronborg was demolished and the area cleared. A single room is left on the plot. It is located partly below the square, and most of all reminds of an earthquake, or an old sausage farm. Now there is the art gallery here.

Art gallery Since 2009, the gallery of Kronborg has been run by a mix of present and former students from Bergen University of Art. The simple room is less than two square meters in size. The ceiling height it is just enough to stand upright in the outermost part. The door that once protected the small room is only an old hinge wall that testifies. It is moist and the walls are characterised by mildew. We could eventually upgrade and develop Kronborg, but we are dependent on funding if we are going to do bigger things here, “says Robin Everett. Today the gallery has no financial support.

Taken from the wind 

Even though the doorway to the gallery is in the shelter, weather and wind are sometimes come right into the room and affecting the art that is exhibited. There is always something that’s changed when we get up here, says Louise Butler, who has been running the gallery for almost two years now. The trip up here with the natural forces is part of the overall experience, she believes. Sometimes the artwork is gone. Both people and natural forces can be behind it. You are prepared for this. Curious is about willingness to risk, she adds and tells you about the time someone had replaced the work of art with a dreamcatcher. Once upon a time we found the disappearance of the artwork more than a kilo-meter away from the gallery. It had just blown away with the wind.

by Skjalg Ekeland



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