09 March 2024

Now you can experience a new art exhibition at Gallery Espolin

On Saturday 2 March there was the opening of the exhibition “FROM SHADOWS TO BEACONS” which examines the 200-year history of the lighthouse lens. Curator Emma Gunnarsson opened the exhibition, she represented the North Cape Museum who has produced the exhibition.

-Nine Norwegian and international artists have been invited in this art project to gestalt the timeless power of light, with the lighthouse lens in focus as a red thread throughout the exhibition. Each artist has with different materials and media such as light, light, photography and sculpture found their unique form. Through individual reflections on the role of the lens as a navigating source in the darkness, the mythological landscape of the north, the power of the sea and the sonic landscape of the coast, one gives the viewer the opportunity to experience the changing nature of light and its influence on the senses. The artists contribute to this project with their perspectives and methods through this close connection to nature that they show in their oeuvres. Through the artists’ works, the lighthouse becomes a prism for reading the coast.

Artists in the exhibition: Øystein Lønvik, Ina Otzko, Michal Siarek, Tine Surel Lange, Emma Gunnarsson, Mike McCormick, Cathinka Mæhlum, Jasen Nelson and Alinta Kiri.

All the artists visited Slettnes lighthouse at the start of the project to get the history and impressions from the lighthouse at Slettnes. Both Cathinka Mæhlum and Tine Surel Lange were present at the opening. They told the many people in attendance about their thoughts they have had while working on their artworks. Kristine Moltu from the Norwegian Coastal Administration Museum talked about their work with the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s history and cultural heritage, and about the significance that Fresnel’s lighthouse lens has had for fishermen and seafarers to navigate towards port safely in the dark.   

Museum Nord is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and we celebrated this with cake and coffee at the opening event. We are delighted to show the exhibition here in Lofoten. At Gallery Espolin, which is part of Museum Nord, one of five museums that make up the Norwegian Coastal Administration Museum. It gets a very special setting with Kaare Espolin Johnson’s strong motifs of coastal people and fishing boats on the Lofoten Sea, close by.

The exhibition “FROM SHADOWS TO BEACONS” runs until 26 May. 

With exhibition and separate program, the light, the lighthouse lens and the importance they have had for the coast are celebrated. We will arrange both a history lecture and family activities during the exhibition period. Read more about the events on our website.

The Norwegian Coastal Administration Museum organizes this traveling exhibition to celebrate 200 years of lighthouse lenses. It is 201 years since the first lighthouse lens was put into operation. It was installed in the iconic lighthouse Le Cordouan in France in 1823. After the exhibition has been in Kabelvåg, it will travel to other departments of the Norwegian Coastal Administration Museum – next stop is Lindesnes lighthouse.

All photos: Kjell Ove Storvik / Museum Nord.

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