Anders Jahres Culture Prize 2011
His Majesty the King was present when the Anders Jahres Culture Prize for 2011 was presented in the University auditorium this evening. Sculptors Kristian Blystad and Bård Breivik received the prize, awarded for outstanding contribution to Norwegian culture.
The award committee’s citation states that: “Through the strong support of traditions, a large and diverse production and important educational efforts, the Christian Blystad and Bård Breivik have helped to strengthen and renew sculpture art in Norway. They have also figured prominently in the development of three-dimensional art’s role in relation to architecture and urban spaces. Kristian Blystad and Bård Breivik are sculptors of international renown. They are highly regarded in their fields in the Nordic countries and known and recognized far beyond the narrow art environments.”
The presentation of the awards took place in the Aula (University auditorium). A trumpet fanfare by Arne Nordheim initiated the program, which included several speeches and musical performances. Svein Olav Hoff gave a speech for the award winners, before Kristian Blystad and Bård Breivik even spoke.
The music was provided by Pablo Sarasate (violin and piano), Havard Gimse (piano), Knut Reiersrud (guitar), Audun Erlien (bass) and David Wallumrød (keyboards).
After the program, there was also a meeting between His Majesty the King and the prize winners.
In cooperation with the presenting of the award, Blystad and Breivik designated their junior winners. These are young sculptors Kristine Roald Sandøy and Signe Løvland Solberg, who each receive a prize of 100,000 NOK.
The Anders Jahre Humanitarian Foundation was established by two gifts from shipowner Anders Jahre in 1966, and has its headquarters in Oslo. The Foundation distributes funds to set objectives, including the Culture Prize, which has been awarded since 1990.
The Culture Prize is an honorary award to a Norwegian or a foreign person or institution that has made an excellent effort, primarily to Norwegian culture.