Belonging. Photographs from the Tangen collection.
How are we shaped as individuals through contact with our environment? And how do we relate to others, to society, and to ourselves? People, their experiences and relation to themselves and the world they live in form the core around which the exhibition Belonging revolves.
Nicolai Tangen’s large collection of Nordic modernist art contains a significant collection of photos, many of which are chief works by well-known photographers from all the Nordic countries. These works are being added to the collection of the art foundation AKO Kunststiftelse, which has been given to Sørlandets Kunstmuseum as a permanent deposit. With the exhibition Belonging, we want to present some of the most central photographers who are represented in the Tangen Collection. Identity and belonging are the themes for the exhibition, and the artists approach these themes from different angles. What contributes to defining who we are, and what do we need in order to feel at home?
The exhibition presents works produced over a 40-year period, from the mid-1970s up to today. The participating artists are Anders Petersen (Sweden), Mette Tronvoll (Norway), Esko Männikkö (Finland), Tiina Itkonen (Finland) and Eva Klasson (Sweden).
Sørlandets Kunstmuseum would like to thank AKO Kunststiftelse / Nicolai Tangen for their contributions to the exhibition and in enabling us to make it a reality.
11 Nordic Artists from the Tangen Collection. June 22nd – November 10th, 2019.
«But art isn’t money. Art is art. A print for 500 kroner can give me as much pleasure as a painting for three million”, said the finance man and art collector Nicolai Tangen to the newspaper Fædrelandsvennen (Feb. 2018). This summer at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, you can experience a selection of works by 11 important artists from the Tangen Collection.
The art collector from Kristiansand, who also has a master’s degree in art history, has spent the last 25 years building today’s leading collection of Norwegian and Nordic modernist art from 1930 to 1980. This collection is being transferred to the art foundation, AKO Kunststiftelse, founded by Tangen’s UK charity, the AKO Foundation, and a contract-agreement for collaboration with AKO Kunststiftelse has given Sørlandets Kunstmuseum the permanent right to make use of the collection, for the enjoyment of the city of Kristiansand and everyone in the region. The Tangen Collection will form the core of the magnificent Kunstsilo (Art Silo) now being planned in Kristiansand’s harbour area, next to Kilden theatre and concert house.
The 11 artists represented in the exhibition convey the Tangen Collection’s formal and thematic diversity. It now contains about 2,700 works and is still growing. We’ve chosen to devote one room to each artist. This exhibition concept reflects Tangen’s own approach: he focuses on each individual’s artist’s practice and production as a whole. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, prints and photographs and shows the breadth of the period, from socially involved art to pure abstraction. For Tangen, another deliberate strategy has been that at the same time as he collects works by internationally-known artists, he also acquires works by lesser-known Nordic artists who are now gaining attention both at home and abroad.