On June 23, 2016 at 6.30 pm the exhibition “Norway. Architecture, Infrastructure, Landscape”. With photographs by Ken Schluchtmann opens at SpazioFMG per l’Architettura, the gallery and showroom of the Iris Ceramica and FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti brands.
“Norway: Architecture, Infrastructure, Landscape”
June 23 – July 22, 2016
SpazioFMG per l’Architettura
Via Bergognone 27
Visitors are taken on a voyage of discovery of the Scandinavian country with guided tour by floornature.com and the architecture and landscape projects constructed under the government’s National Tourist Routes programme, coordinating construction of quality projects at strategic points on some of the country’s most spectacular tourism itineraries since 1994.
Walkways, viewpoints, parking and dining facilities designed to make natural landscapes of great beauty accessible and usable by all are represented in the shots of German photographer Ken Schluchtmann. These fascinating visions always frame the architectural object within the landscape in which it stands, documenting the effective, profitable synthesis of human work and its natural surroundings.
The exhibition route at SpazioFMG begins with a series of photographic prints on the walls. At the same time, visitors can localise the projects on four large maps of Norway, surrounded by technical materials supplied by the architects (drawings, images, texts), revised by the curators and summed up in short magazines available to the public to read.
Luca Molinari, scientific director and curator of SpazioFMG per l’Architettura with Alessandro Benetti, comments on the opening of the next exhibition, which will run from June 23 through July 22, 2016: “The Norwegian government’s National Tourist Routes programme is a public initiative of particular interest. The most spectacular sites on the country’s road network are marked by a series of top quality architectural and artistic projects which not only respond to their practical needs as travellers, but add life to the landscape and represent points of contact between architecture and nature.
The best of contemporary architecture in Norway is represented by more than 50 architects involved in the project, whose works are represented in all their power and poetry in Ken Schluchtmann’s beautiful images”.
Ken Schluchtmann (1970) made his first trip to Norway in 1996 while he studied law in Hannover. He captured the power of landscape in photography as words were not enough to describe his feelings. One year later and thanks to his Norwegian experience he decided to give up his law studies and moved to Berlin in 1998, where he began a three year training course at the renowned Lette-Verein to become a photo-designer. What ensued were three intensive years during which he specialized in landscape and architecture photography, which enabled him to record his visual impressions with more and more precision.
After completing his training, he established his agency diephotodesigner.de in Berlin in 2001, which works for designers and large companies with a focus on Europe, Asia, and North America; he was soon awarded international prizes. In the years that followed, trips to Norway remained a constant. The uninhabited countryside with its unique nature and above all the unparalleled light conditions profoundly fascinate Schluchtmann and form the ideal counterpart to life in the metropolis of Berlin. In 2014 he published the result of his photographical research – as the first and only photographer who has taken pictures of all the architectures wanted by the Norwegian National Tourist Routes to optimize the experience of nature for travellers and built up to 2012 – in the book “Architecture and Landscape in Norway” edited by Hatje Cantz. Schluchtmann has been awarded World Architectural Photographer of the Year in 2012 and 2013 at the World Architectural Festival (WAF) and he is currently involved in different projects, carrying on a new research, this time with focus on Myanmar.
The Oslo based architectural firm Manthey Kula AS was established by architects Beate Hølmebakk and Per Tamsen in 2004. The firm has a small highly recognized production which spans from explorative projects to built work. Their projects have been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2009 and 2011. Hølmebakk also holds a professorship at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.