Kragerø: Revisiting an Art Town

I have been back in Kragerø, a town on the coast of southern Norway. I was introduced to more art, to old friends of my husband and saw some strange, dark and creepy sculptures. 

Tourism has grown fast since my husband lived here and he feels that the place has lost a little of its soul. There are restaurants and pubs everywhere and mostly tourists in the narrow streets during the busy summer months. But it’s still a very charming place.

 

My husband in the middle of the town which holds so much of his past. He lived here in long periods from 1960 to 1993

My husband in the middle of the town which holds so much of his past. He lived here for long periods from 1960 to 1993

 

I was here last summer and wrote three articles that are still worth reading: A Master of Satire and Caricatures, A Town with a Great Art History and Many Galleries, and Jomfruland: A Walk on Virgin Land 🙂

Kragerø takes good care of its reputation as an artist town and I used the opportunity to see a little more art.

 

One of many galleries in Kragerø

One of many galleries in Kragerø

 

Seeing works of Bjarne Melgård, one of Norway’s most known contemporary artists. He is considered a “bad ass painter” or a black sheep on the art scene

Seeing works of Bjarne Melgård, one of Norway’s most known contemporary artists. He is considered a “bad ass painter” or a black sheep on the art scene

 

His works are primitive and provocative

His works are primitive and provocative

 

Consistently, he has been concerned with what is consensus in Norwegian society - and to break boundaries

Consistently, he has been concerned with what is consensus in Norwegian society – and to break boundaries

 

And maybe I like his art :)

And maybe I like his art :)

 

On the pub above the gallery

On the pub above the gallery

 

Another gallery, chatting with painter and gallery owner Christina Soot Kløvig

Another gallery, chatting with painter and gallery owner Christina Soot Kløvig

 

She exhibits her brother Eyolf's works, another primitive inspired painter with lots of humor

She exhibits her brother Eyolf’s works, another primitive inspired painter with lots of humor

 

I really enjoyed his pictures

I really enjoyed his pictures

 

My husband with some very good friends he has not seen for 20 years

My husband with some very good friends he has not seen for 20 years

 

Farewell Kragerø

Farewell Kragerø, see you again!

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