by Kjell Nupen

Large-scale jar, painted

Photo: Einar Aslaksen


The large-scale jars Quiet, Quiet and Mediterraneo stand next to each other and are both modeled on drawings by Kjell Nupen. They were chiseled out of their molds, before being painted by the artist. Therefore, the jars appear as a mixture of painting and sculpture.

The jar shape is traditionally perceived as a handicraft, i.e. an object intended to be used in a certain context. For carrying something - for instance water or wine - or to act as an urn in connection with funeral rites. In their present context, the jars solely function as decorative objects. However, placed on either side of the entrance to the museum’s café, they may be associated with a monumental portal.