A new exhibition opened at the Queen Sonja Art Stable in the former Royal Stables of the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway, in presence of Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner. From 16 February 2024 to 19 January 2025 visitors can enjoy the exhibition “Royal Photographers – snapshots between 1890 and 1990”.

Curated by Sandra Lorentzen, Øivind Möller Bakken and Ingeborg Lønning at the Royal Collections, the exhibition shows unique artefacts, cameras, interiors and, not least, around 300 images convey personal moments and important photographic history. Changing technology and techniques define the passing of time, while motifs and activities are repeated through generations in an almost timeless way.

On display in this case are photos taken by members of the Norwegian royal family, from Queen Maud and King Haakon VII to King Harald V and Queen Sonja. The exhibition also includes unique film clips taken by Crown Princess Märtha and a recreation of the study of Queen Maud at Appleton House. The photographs of The Royals may seem like they belong to any other Norwegian family. Yet they stand out significantly, the royal court says.

They are the most photographed family of Norway, the Norwegian NTB photographer Lise Åserud said in her speech at the opening of the exhibition. And that means that their family stories are not private, but also become stories about Norway. The photos also show how Norway has changed between 1890 and 1990. Queen Sonja opened her exhibition by taking a photo from the stage.

The Queen Sonja Art Stable, where visitors can enjoy art and history, opened its doors on 4 July 2017 in the Royal Stables, that were built between 1845 and 1848. They were designed by the palace architect H.D.F. Linstow. King Haakon VII and Queen Maud had the stables expanded in 1911, based on the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, London, United Kingdom. After World War II the stables lost their function and were mainly in use as storage.

Dronning Sonja KunstStall
Parkveien 50
0010 Oslo

Opening times:
16 February to 23 June, 19 August to 15 December 2024, 2 to 19 January 2025: Thursday- Sunday, 11am-5pm
24 June to 18 August 2024: Monday-Sunday, 11am-5pm

Closed: 28-31 March 2024, 17 May 2024, 16 December 2024-1 January 2025From 2 January to 19 January 2025.

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