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Exhibition Opening Party: Djurberg & Berg


August 2, 2024

6:00pm - 8:00pm


Members: Free

Join us for the exclusive preview of Djurberg & Berg: A Place of Opportunity and Transformation. World-renowned Swedish artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg invite visitors to travel to A Place of Opportunity and Transformation in their most recent exhibition and their first on the West Coast in over a decade. Enjoy passed appetizers, drinks (including a specialty-themed cocktail), and music.

About the Exhibition

The National Nordic Museum’s Barbro Osher Gallery metamorphosizes into a whimsical and mysterious world of the artists’ creation. Visitors enter a large-scale immersive installation titled The Stone Garden (2023), a cold and inhospitable environment, yet one that supports plant life. Colorful flowers bloom from boulders and branches. Elsewhere in the exhibition are ovoid and spherical sculptures of eggs and moons. These objects resemble people with facial features and limbs. They are more than sculptures; they are actors portraying human characteristics in stop-motion animation films that are screened in the exhibition space.

Nathalie Djurberg creates sculptures and films to explore fantasies and fears, personal secrets and universal truths. She has selected stop-motion animation to express ideas that are otherwise inexplicable. Over the course of their twenty-year collaboration, Hans Berg has composed complementary soundscapes for the animations. The three short films on view are Dark Side of the Moon (2017), A Pancake Moon (2022), and Howling at the Moon (2022), contemporary fairy tales set in an ominous forest with a curious cast of characters. The exhibition’s tongue-in-cheek title, A Place of Opportunity and Transformation references the films’ setting, a fantastical forest in which the narratives’ protagonists resist and fall victim to opportunistic predators on their journey or search in vain for answers to life’s great mysteries.

Museum Store

Be sure to check out our exhibition-related merchandise during the party! All Members will receive 15% off their Museum Store purchase at the opening.