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"Odda Biennale 2004: Works by Reinhardt Søbye"
2004-07-10 until 2004-10-10
Norwegian Hydropower and
Industrialized City Museum
In collaboration with Odda municipality, NVIM (Norwegian Hydropower- &
Industrialized city Museum) participates in the Odda-biennale 2004 in an
attempt to utilize part of the vast areas, left behind by the bankrupcy of
Odda steelworks, as a cultural arena. The artist Reinhardt Søbye has among
other contributions supplied the Odda-biennale with six portraits of the
laid off steelworkers.
NVIM in Tyssedal is already an inspiring museum with great potential
for development, especially as a cultural attraction. The natural
surroundings, arcitecture and local history lend themselves easily to the
display of art.
NVIM's artistic profile stresses that the art should adapt to, and
interact with, the local environment to further current and historical
goals. Reinhardt Sobye pictures fit this profile perfectly. The
hydrostation, which originally supplied the ironworks with electricity,
went silent in 1980. Never again shall the turbines spin and charge the
generators. The power-station is now silent, and we would like to mark
this occasion by bringing in the "Six ironworkers" and letting them reside
over a generator each in the "cathedral of power" in a powerful and
symbolic gesture. This will elaborate the historical link betweeen
hydropower and electrically demanding industry the museum already conveys.
Cocurrently, Søbye is showing his exhibition ""Last Defence" which is
accompanied by soundworks composed by Liv Eirill Evensen. This takes place
in one of the old pipegates in the basement, which for the first time is
used as a gallery. Additionally Sobye also displays seven never before
seen works under the title ”Los Mensch!”, in the museums regular showroom.
Sobye is well known and highly esteemed in Japan, and his art has been
purchased by several influential instituions there. Subsequentially we
have the honour of having Mr. Kimihisa Ono, head of the Cultural Project
Division of Asahi Shimbum (who organized the big retrospectiv "Witness-The
Art of Reinhardt Sobye" in 3 major artmuseums in Japan 1999), open the
exhibit in Tyssedal. Mr. Ono is one of the most internationally recognized
proponents of Japanese art, and has broad experience with organising and
coordinating collaborative efforts between museums, media, institutions
Reinhardt Sobye's work can be viewed at absolutearts.com/portfolios/r/reinhardtsoebye/
where he has been a member since 2000.