Erik Nitsche: Henie-Onstad Art Center in Norway
Norway's modern architecture reflects a response to new social needs and the exploitation of new construction materials. This responsiveness manifests itself in simple rectilinear forms, an avoidance of aesthetic symmetry based on the structure's function, the used of reinforced concrete, large glass areas, and the opening up of interiors to natural light and air. Another important innovation of modern architecture seen in Norway is the use of exterior, free-standing sculptural pieces. This innovation produces a dramatic tension between structural function and aesthetic form. It was just this type of tension which prompted young Norwegian architects Jon Eikvar and Svein-Erik Engbretsen to include Henry Moore's Standing Figure -- Knife Edge sculpture as an integral part of their design for the Henie-Onstad Art Center . The Art Center -- completed in 1968 -- makes extensive use of reinforced concrete and glass. Eikvar and Engbretsen, like many other new Norwegian architects, have used these new materials to great effect.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Norway Europa 1987 Modern Art - Architecture stamp issued April 3, 1987.
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