Munch

Photo: Fabrice Zindy

Aksel Kolstad was on October 10th 2012 officially announced to be a “Munch-artist” and an international “Edvard Munch Ambassador”. – Kolstad will carry Munch on his musical and artistic shoulders, says Front-of-House Manager at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Cécile Therond Hjelm. – Aksel Kolstad will revitalize the artist and provocateur Edvard Munch through his powerful music and his artistic projects world wide. Once a month Kolstad will perform his “Munch reflection-recitals” in Oslo at the same time as his ateiler, Café de Concert at Tjuvholmen, this will become the second home of the Munch. The first home of Munch lies in the heart of the Norwegian people.

“To me Munch is Shostakovitch mixed with deadly strawberries on canvas” – Aksel Kolstad

We are the modern eye

Photo: Astrid Storkås When I was two years old I said to my mother that I wanted to go to the moon. My mother told me that it might just a bit to far. I quickly replied that I could just use a ladder! So this Friday I climbed up the ladder and sat on top of the moon as Le Petit Prince and gave the audience at the Munch museum a perhaps a little different perspective on Edvard Munch and his Modern Eye exhibition - in my brand new Moods of Norway suit (simply love that one!!!!!!). 250 people came and as Munch Ambassador I greated them with champagne and hot dogs from Øivind Karlsen, of course. The mini exhibition I put together with the photographers Morten Krogvold, Bjørn Opsahl, Natalia Pipkina, Margaret De Lange and the artist painter Yvonne Jeanette Karlsen was a great success. Here I am with the models we used, Ninja Krystad, Romina Moheb and Ksenia Storlykken, aka the "Munch girls", my entourage as Munch Ambassador (inspired by the many Bond girls throughout the film legacy) Photo: Astrid Storkås Then....it was gametime. Both photos: Astrid Storkås "instaMunched" a bit during my performance.... After the concert, where I premiered quite a few pieces actually, Café de Concert´s wonderful DJ Andy Cross made everybody shake it at the Munch museum long into the night. THAT`S how exhibitions should be held! I´ll be performing the first of my mothly Munch reflections at the museum on December 1st at 11 am, hope to see you there! And then at noon, Café de Concert will reopen after a couple of weeks of construction, makeing the roof soundproof for more crazy concerts in my little univers - where everybody is welcome!!

The Modern Eye

"The Modern Eye" will be exhibited at the Munch Museum in Oslo on November 2nd. As Munch Ambassador I will host the whole evening from 8 pm with lots of surprises and artistic happenings. (Exhibition is open from 7 pm) I will be performing a 1 hour recital in the museum at 8:45 pm. KICK OFF from 8 pm Morten Krogvold, Margaret de Lange, Bjørn Opsahl and Natalia Pipkina will be exhibiting 4 photos inspired by paintings by Munch and the artist painter Yvonne Jeanette Karlsen will show her new breathtaking painting, also inspired by one of Munch´s most famous paitings. After the concert our DJ will set the roof on fire and the party will begin. Champagne? Yes. Hot dogs? Hell yes. "Come party with Munch and I" This is what I will play - Aksel Kolstad: L´amour invisible, Moods Prelude, Variations on a theme by Rachmaninov, Three Munch sketches, Arabesque, Invention, Hommage à Igor, Jalousi, Excerpts from the ballet "Spellbound", Étude Norvégiènne. Entrance to see the exhibition from 7-8 pm: 95,- / 50,-

ARTICLE AND TV INTERVIEW

Photo: Kristine Munch, Munch design 2012 This week´s PRESS: Cliek here to see the TV interview NRK TV  Aftenposten On Monday October 15th you can see me on NRK TV (riks tv) at 08:50 on "Morgen Nytt". Tune in 30 min before at Radio NRK P1 and listen to the my radio interview as well!

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Photo: Fabrice Zindy Aksel Kolstad was on October 10th 2012 officially announced to be a "Munch-artist" and an international "Edvard Munch Ambassador". - Kolstad will carry Munch on his musical and artistic shoulders, says Front-of-House Manager at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Cécile Therond Hjelm. - Aksel Kolstad will revitalize the artist and provocateur Edvard Munch through his powerful music and his artistic projects world wide. Once a month Kolstad will perform his "Munch reflection-recitals" in Oslo at the same time as his ateiler, Café de Concert at Tjuvholmen, this will become the second home of the Munch. The first home of Munch lies in the heart of the Norwegian people. "To me Munch is Shostakovitch mixed with deadly strawberries on canvas" - Aksel Kolstad [gallery include="1988,1989,1990,1991" link="file" columns="4"]

Aksel Kolstad - Munch Ambassador

Photo: Christine Munch, "Munch Design 2012"
Aksel Kolstad was from October 10th 2012 officially announced to be the first “Munch-artist” and an international “Edvard Munch Ambassador”. – Kolstad will carry Munch on his musical and artistic shoulders, says Front-of-House Manager at the Munch Musesum in Oslo, Cécile Therond Hjelm. – Aksel Kolstad will revitalize the artist and provocateur Edvard Munch through his powerful music and his artistic projects world wide. Once a month Kolstad will give “Munch reflection-recitals” at the Munch museum in Oslo at the same time as his ateiler, Café de Concert at Tjuvholmen, will become the second home of the Munch museum.
“To me Munch is Shostakovitch mixed with deadly strawberries on canvas” – Aksel Kolstad
Yesterday evening this exciting partnership was launched and became official at Aksel Kolstad’s gallery Café de concert. It is the occasion to present the Munch Museum‘s newest exhibition, The Modern Eye, which is opening for the public the 31th of October. Aksel Kolstad will be the master of ceremony for the opening evening event of the exhibition on the 2nd of November, and promises you an evening like you’ve never experienced before.
“I think change is what’s needed in order to preserve art and that is what the Munch Museum does. By taking a new direction without changing the content, the Munch Museum is leading the way in a new artistic era we are now entering, surrounded by powerful and strong colours that dominate the media landscape.  I want to tattoo Munch on Norway’s chest!” says Kolstad.
“We’re looking forward to a new and exciting partnership with the very creative musician and entertainer Aksel Kolstad. We’re hoping this partnership between the museum and Aksel’s Café de concert will be an eye-opener for many and contribute to make Munch’s fantastic art more available to a greater public”, says Cecile Therond Hjelm, Front-of-house Manager at the Munch Museum.

Aksel Kolstad - Munch ambassadør

Photo: Christine Munch, "Munch Design 2012"
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Fra: Sture Portvik Sendt: 10. oktober 2012 13:22 Emne: Aksel Kolstad - ny musikalsk ambassadør for Munch-museet!

Aksel Kolstad - ny musikalsk ambassadør for Munch-museet!

(Oslo, 10. oktober 2012). Munch-museet satser friskt og satser maks på den unge og fremadstormende pianisten og komponisten
Aksel Kolstad som ambassadør og profilert "Munch-artist".
 
 
Kolstad skal bære Munch på sine musikalske og kunstneriske skuldre, sier publikumsansvarlig ved Munch-museet Cécile Therond Hjelm. Aksel vil gjøre sitt for å revitalisere kunstneren og provokatøren Edvard Munch gjennom sin musikk og sine kunstneriske prosjekter over hele verden med hovedsete i sitt konsert-galleri, Café de Concert, på Tjuvholmen.www.cafedeconcert.no
- Aksel skal konsertére og holde musikalske og verbale Munch-refleksjoner i Munch-museet en gang i måneden fremover, samtidig som Café de Concert blir et andre hjem for Munch i nye og revitaliserte kunstprosjekter, sier Hjelm.
Torsdag kl 19:00 offentliggjøres det nye spennende samarbeidet med Aksel Kolstad på hans Café de Concert på Tjuvholmen, vis à vis det nye Astrup Fernley museet. Da presenteres også utstillingen "The Modern Eye" som kommer til Munch-museet 31. oktober. Aksel Kolstad er kunstnerisk ansvarlig for kveldsåpningen 2.november, og han lover en kunst-åpning Norge aldri har sett maken til.
- Jeg mener man må forandre for å bevare, og det er akkurat det Munch-museet nå gjør, sier Aksel Kolstad. De forandrer kursen, men ikke innholdet, for å bane vei i denne nye kunstepoken vi nå er i, omgitt av så mange sterke farger som preger mediebildet. Nå vil jeg få Munch tatovert på brystkassa til Norge, sier Kolstad.
Og slik ser fargene ut: www.akselkolstad.com
Vi ser frem til et nytt og spennende samarbeid med den kreative musikeren og entertaineren Aksel Kolstad, sier Cécile Therond Hjelm. Hjelm håper at samarbeidet med Kolstad og Café de Concert på Tjuvholmen vil bidra til å tilgengeliggjøre Munchs fantastiske kunst for et nytt publikum.
Kontaktpersoner
 
Cécile Therond Hjelm
Publikumsansvarlig Tlf. +47 23 49 35 55/+47 952 17 232
Sture Portvik
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