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Magne attends funeral of Kjell Nupen

Kjell Nupen

Kjell Nupen

Magne attended the funeral of Kjell Nupen (1955 – 2014) in Kristiansand today.

Nupen, who died from cancer on March 12th, was one of Norway’s most famous contemporary artists. He was Magne’s artistic mentor from 1989 – 1993 and they held several exhibitions together.

“Norway has lost one of its greatest visual artists and a unique personality. Kjell was a great figure in every way, and leaves a gaping void that will be impossible to fill. Everything I know about graphic art I’ve learnt from him”, Magne said in his speech during the ceremony.

Magne outside the church

Magne outside the church

“Kjell was a kind and thoughtful man, and one of the wisest people I have met. I have lost a close friend and an important discussion partner. The most important thing I can do now is to honour him through my work, and prove that I was worthy of his trust.”

“Kjell. I miss you and it hurts so much. There’s so much more we should have talked about. I am grateful for the time we had together”, Magne said.

The funeral ceremony was held in Søm Church, a church decorated by Nupen himself. 700 people attended the funeral, including King Harald and Queen Sonja.

Magne carried the coffin together with Bjørn Eidsvåg and Ole Larsen (VG photo).

Links:  Fædrelandsvennen article   Agderposten article   VG photo gallery


Magne and Kjell Nupen, working together in Paris in 2002.

Magne and Kjell Nupen, working together in Paris in 2002.

Magne meets the press in Helsingborg

Magne and fellow artists Kjell Nupen, Ørnulf Opdahl and Queen Sonja of Norway gave a large number of journalists a preview of the group exhibition Under stor press at Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg, Sweden yesterday (see October 27th news update for more info about the exhibition).

Magne in conversation with Queen Sonja

Queen Sonja is exhibiting her art in public for the first time, and was really the center of attention.

“I think she’s got courage who has chosen to expose herself to the type of questions that are bound to come, when she sticks her neck out like this. I can definitely relate to that, being famous for one thing and then venturing into a completely different field”, Magne told Aftenposten’s web-TV.

He could be seen standing in front of 10 large prints from Futura Plus, covering an entire wall.

Today there’s a vernissage for invited guests, which will also be attended by King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Queen Silvia of Sweden, before the exhibition opens to the public tomorrow.

Under stor press will be open until August 5th next year.


Update: A few more interviews with Magne in Helsingborg have now appeared online. TV2 has a video report which can be seen here.

There is also an interview at

Magne has become used to printing on hospital sheets, but with Futura Plus things turned a bit more graphic (as could be seen in the “Nasjonalgalleriet” documentary):

“This time I mistakenly received a bag full of unwashed hospital sheets, straight from the emergency room, that were badly stained, creased and smelt horrible. That felt like a starting point for a series of prints based on hospital situations”, Magne tells TV2.

“The prints are 200×80 centimeters. That’s the original size of these hospital sheets made by manufacturer Futura Plus – which inspired the name of my exhibition”, he told Dagbladet.

Magne takes part in Helsingborg exhibition

"Futura Plus" monotype

Magne is one of the artists taking part in a group exhibition entitled “Under stor press” (“Under great pressure”), which opens at Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg, Sweden on November 11th.

“Under stor press” presents around 800 graphic prints by 80 artists, all of whom have worked together with Atelje Larsen – Helsingborg’s own world-renowned print studio. Magne has used Atelje Larsen to create his graphic prints for many years.

The exhibition includes works from Magne’s recent “Futura Plus” project, which will be shown in public for the first time, as well as prints made by the members of Apparatjik.

When creating “Futura Plus”, Magne has said that he “painted on blood-stained sheets collected from hospital autopsy-rooms and similar”.

Magne will be in Helsingborg on November 9th together with fellow artists Kjell Nupen, Ørnulf Opdahl and Queen Sonja of Norway to give members of the press a special preview of the exhibition. There will also be a private vernissage on November 10th.

“Under stor press” will be on display until August 5th 2012.

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