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Henie Onstad opens a new room for Sonja Henie and launches a new book about her life

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On November 18, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter will open a new room presenting Sonja Henie to the public. The new book, titled Images Performed - Sonja Henie 1912–1969, tells the story of the brand Sonja Henie, her legacy and how she collected art.

Photo: Henie Onstad Archive
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– The legacy of Sonja Henie is much greater than what an exhibition can accommodate. At Høvikodden in Norway, where she laid the foundations for the contemporary art museum Henie Onstad, we are surrounded by her life's work every day. Her accomplishments make it possible for us to present art of high international standard for the general public, says Tone Hansen, Director at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter 

Einar Hjeldnes of KEY architects has designed the new Sonja Henie room. Within a new exhibition, Henie's trophies together with a selection of objects from her vibrant life are displayed. The exhibition also shows video clips from her skating as an athlete and her shows. 

In her many various careers as an athlete, businesswoman, actress, art collector and patron of the arts, Sonja Henie ended up laying the foundation for the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter at Høvikodden in Norway. 

The new book about Sonja Henie islaunced on the day of the exhibition opening and is published in Norwegian and English by Forlaget Press. The book is a visual presentation and anthology with newly written texts and previously unpublished materialfrom Henie's life. In her lifetime her name wasa best-selling international brand, she made ice skating popular in the USA and was one of Norway´s first female art collectors. For the first time, the largest monument she has left behind, the architecture of Høvikodden, has been written into a larger context. The editor of the book is Gunhild VarvinDirector of Communications at Henie Onstad. 

What remains after Sonja Henie today, how do we relate to her and what significance has she had? These werequestions we asked ourselves while working on the book. Ihave had the pleasure of inviting brilliant professionals to write about Henie from their points of view. In this way, the book has come to hold many differentvoices, says Varvin. 

In addition to what she has left us, Sonja Henie’s life also opens the door to ethical questions related to the public lives of child stars who are pushed towards extraordinary achievements and fame, and the entertainment industry's cultural appropriation. In this way, the story of her life offers a good example of how far it is wise to go to please an audience, no matter whether one’s motivations are idealistic, or about winning, making money, and building a brand. 

With photos and archive material from Henie´s spectacular life, the book presents new insights through texts based upon what she has left behind, the networks she created, the forms she challenged and the museum that remains after her. 

 

Summary: 

Sonja Henie-room  

Press screening: Thursday 18 November at 12pm, registration to gv@hok.no 

Opening party: Thursday 18 November at 7 pm at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter 

Exhibition and content production: Dorthe Håker, Sunniva Sparre, Gunhild Varvin, Martine Hoff Jensen, Camilla Sune and Tone Hansen. 

Exhibition architect: Einar Hjeldnes, KEY architects 

Assembly and technical team: Dorthe HåkerSunniva Sparreand Harald Hansen.

  

Sonja Henie-book 

Title: Performed Images - Sonja Henie 1912–1969 

Authors: Gunhild Varvin (editor), Martine Hoff Jensen, Hasse Farstad, Erik FenstadLangdalen, and Caroline Ugelstad. Introduction by Tone Hansen 

Design: Kjell Ekhorn / ANTI 

Publisher: Forlaget Press in collaboration with Henie Onstad Kunstsenter 

Number of pages: 204 

Languages: Norwegian and English 

 

 

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Sonja Henies vei 31
1311 Høvikodden

67 80 48 80http://hok.no/

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter er en ledende arena for nasjonal og internasjonal billedkunst, med et bredt utstillingsprogram, en sentral kunstsamling, samt aktiviteter innen musikk og performance. Kunstsenteret er omgitt av et praktfullt parkområde på Høvikodden i Bærum. I tillegg til utstillingsar­ealer på ca. 3500 m2, rommer senteret Lab for barn og unge, møtelokaler for utleie, egen butikk, samt kafeen Piruetten.

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