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The building
North Atlantic House is the name of a new cultural centre in Copenhagen. The purpose of it is to strengthen the cooperation between the countries of the North Atlantic and the rest of the world in regard to culture, research and trade. One particular area of interest is North Atlantic culture and art. North Atlantic House has four exhibition rooms, in which it will be possible to attend exhibitions, events, film showings and debating evenings.

North Atlantic House is a 7000m2 protected building from 1767, located at Christianshavn, with the new operahouse for a neighbour and overlooking Nyhavn. The warehouse holds exhibition rooms, a conference centre, tourist information for the three countries, and office areas, in which, amongst others, the Representational Offices for Greenland and the Faroe Islands and the Icelandic Embassy are located.

Contemporary art in the North Atlantic House
Colonials is the opening exhibition in the North Atlantic House. It is open from the 27th. of November 2003 until 29th. of February 2004.
The exhibition provides insight into the North Atlantic art scene with art work by 21 artists from Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Colonials gives you sculptures, paintings and installations.

“Colonials” is an exhibition that gives a broad sense of contemporary art in Greenland, The Faroe Islands and Iceland. The 21 artists who take part in the exhibition are representatives of both the middle- and the young generation of artists, and as such, provide the audience with an insight into what is ‘happening’ on the North Atlantic art scene – whether it be in the form of sculpture, painting, or installation.
The artistic and personal approaches vary extensively, and the artists employ a wide range of materials and techniques. At the same time, their work is representative of the prevailing styles and trends of their native countries.

The exhibition’s title – “Colonials” – refers to the history of the wharehouse in which it takes place. For 200 years, the adjacent square, #145;Greenland’s Trading Square’, and the wharehouse constituted a centre for trade between Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finmark, Iceland and, in particular, Greenland.

Through the centuries, provisions from the Danish colonies in the North Atlantic were imported and traded at this site, and for Greenlanders, Icelanders and Farovians living in Copenhagen, the square and the wharehouse were a symbol of Denmarks status as a colonial power.

The participating artists are:
Greeland: Aka Høegh, Anne-Birthe Hove, Arnannquaq Høegh, Buuti Pedersen, Inuk Silis Høegh, Julie Edel Hardenberg, Miki Jacobsen.
The Faroe Islands: Anker Mortensen, Astri Luihn, Bárður Jákupsson, Hans Pauli Olsen, Hansina Iversen, Rannvá Kunoy, Tróndur Patursson.
Iceland: Alda Sigurðardóttir, Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir, Gunnar Örn, Jón Axel Björnsson, Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir, Vignir Jóhannsson

About this site:
This homepage should give information about the exhibition and art in the Nordic region as well as information on the artists and their art. It should also give practical information, in regards the exhibition, its location, its participants and other info regarding Nordic art.

We sincerely hope that You enjoy the exhibition and this homepage.

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