Royal visitor at the red dot design museum
As part of her visit to Germany, her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway came to the red dot design museum on Wednesday, 17 October 2007. The Queen visited the German-Norwegian touring exhibition “Not only Salmon and Sausages – Ikke bare laks og pølser”, which had already been opened with a festive ceremony in the red dot design museum the previous night. The Queen came accompanied by Angelika Rüttgers, wife of the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister and was welcomed by Essen`s Lord Mayor Dr. Wolfgang Reiniger and Vito Oražem, Managing Director of the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, before taking an interested look at the exhibition. The royal visit’s ceremonious conclusion was her entry into the traditional guestbook of the city of Essen.
The special exhibition “Not only Salmon and Sausages – Ikke bare laks og pølser” was produced on the occasion of the 100th jubilee of Norwegian sovereignty by the Norsk Teknisk Museum in Oslo. Museum director Hans Weinberger guided Queen Sonja of Norway through the impressive exhibition, which stages the common history of Norway and Germany in twelve subject areas with great attention to detail. The Queen also visited the accompanying exhibition, in which the red dot design museum presents a selection of Norwegian products which received the red dot award for their outstanding design achievements. “It is an honour for the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and the Norwegian red dot winners to have the opportunity to present the award-winning products to the Queen, who is known to be a design enthusiast,” said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, President of the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and Icsid President.
More than 350 guests celebrated the exhibition opening in the red dot design museum on Tuesday night. Minister of Education Østein Djupedal opened the exhibition and was impressed with the city’s activities in the Essen illumination weeks which revolved around Norway. Mayor Norbert Kleine-Möllhoff, Rune Bjørnson, Director of the sponsoring company Statoil, and Dr. Bernhard Reutersberg, member of the management board of E.ON Ruhrgas, welcomed the guests, before Hans Weinberger from the Norsk Teknisk Museum introduced the subject areas of the exhibition. The event was rounded off musically by a performance of the Norwegian DuoGrata, consisting of singer Katharina Jakhelln Semb and pianist Tina Margareta Nilssen. The special exhibition will be on show in the red dot design museum until 4 November 2007.
Information on the exhibition
More than 800 objects are presented in twelve modules in the exhibition “Not only salmon and sausages – Ikke bare laks og pølser”.
The varied and interactive exhibition provides visitors with an experience of war, crises and booms, economy, science, technology, and culture ranging from the “Sandmännchen” (‘sandman’), an animated character from German TV, to Grieg and Edvard Munch – in short, an original compilation of parallel themes illustrating Germany and Norway far beyond clichés such as salmon or sausages. The exhibition is part of the 58th illumination weeks (‘Lichtwochen’) in Essen, an event by the Essen Marketing GmbH (EMG). The cultural programme of the Essen illumination weeks is supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Berlin and E.ON Ruhrgas AG.
red dot award-winning products
The Norwegian companies presenting their products at the red dot special exhibition are Figgjo AS, FFI (Forsvarets Forskningsinstitutt), Jakob Hatteland Displays AS, Helly Hansen ASA, HTS BeSafe, Jordan AS and Jøtul AS. Their products show that Norwegian design also plays a significant role in international competition.
The exhibition catalogue is available at the red dot design museum for 29 euro.
For more information on the exhibition visit: www.lachsundwuerstchen.de.
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