All my paintings are about transformation, in one way or another, says Håkon Gullvåg, – everything is heading towards becoming something else.
So very appropriately, he has chosen to call his jubilee exhibition Metamorphosis.
– He fits Olav’s Festival perfectly, it is a festival which suits his art. It has to do with tradition and renewal and his enormous social involvement. And not least that he is so interested in transformation. Our festival theme for 2019 is transformation, so this is a «match made in heaven», says festival director, Petter Myhr.
The artist was sixty on 20 February 2019, an event marked by a number of exhibitions in several countries throughout the year. We are so fortunate as to have worked with Gullvåg on the Norwegian part of the celebration, which opens on Sunday 28 July, the first day of Olav’s Festival 2019.
On the opening day there will also be a conversation at Vestfrontplassen between Håkon Gullvåg and Harald Stanghelle about Gullvåg’s art.
Other exhibitions around the city
The partnership will be apparent in many ways and will set its mark in several locations.
In Lavetthuset in The Archbishop’s Palace, several portraits will be shown to the public for the first time as part of the exhibition Nasjonale portretter (National portraits). During forty years of painting portraits of well-known people, Gullvåg has set aside parallel versions, which now comprise a considerable collection of portraits. To a certain degree, the collection reflects an era of Norwegian social life and depicts the king, lawyers, prime ministers, bishops, Norwegian artists among others.
Communion is the theme of paintings which will hang in the beautiful chapel in The Archbishop’s Palace. Some of them have been painted specifically for this room and for this occasion. The exhibition in The Archbishop’s Palace is arranged in cooperation with Nidaros Domkirkes Restaureringsarbeider (Nidaros Catherdral Restoration Works) which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.
In addition, Gullvåg’s art can pop up in quite unexpected places around the town.
Opens his own home for the public for the first time.
Gullvåg will open his house in Hospitaløkkan 20A to the public, with his atelier, his store and his flat. He bought the house, which was built in 1901, fifteen years ago. The 1300 m2 building was previously the headquarters of Trondheim Sporveier (Trondheim Trams).
For the jubilee and the Olav’s Festival projects, the house will be open to the public for the first time. There will be guided tours where you can see a house almost overflowing with pictures from the whole of the artist’s production.