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"Søren Solkær: Sort Sol" Members Opening



National Nordic Museum Members are invited to join us for an exclusive preview of our upcoming special exhibition Sort Sol, and a chance to hear from the renowned Danish photographer behind the installation, Søren Solkær! Doors open at 5:00 pm, and the program begins at 6:00 pm. Refreshments available after.

About Sort Sol

Sort Sol features recent work by Danish photographer Søren Solkær (b. 1969).  Solkær established his career in the early aughts with penetrating portraits of legendary performers Björk, Metallica, Paul McCartney, the White Stripes, Amy Winehouse, and many others. Solkaer's Sort Sol is a photographic series that studies the murmurations of starlings. The Danish term "sort sol” refers to these murmurations, the forms of which temporarily obscure the sun. A “murmuration” is the form made by a flock in flight. The word derives from “murmur,” or the soft sound of the starlings’ flight calls and fluttering wings as they move together midair. Starling murmurations take myriad forms—from abstract to representational, and Solkær has captured this phenomenon across Europe since 2017. Occurring before dusk in the spring and fall months, the mysterious act may function as an open call to join the evening roost and provide protection against predators. While Solkær’s Sort Sol series celebrates this curious occurrence of shape-shifting starlings, it also pays homage to landscapes as subject matter in European paintings and Japanese woodblock prints. Featuring over 50 photographs and video art, Søren Solkær: Sort Sol is the first exhibition of this series in a US museum..


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    Søren Solkær

    Søren Solkær is a Danish photographer, born in 1969. He has been working with a global profile since 1996. Søren is best known for his distinctive portraits of musicians. He is most recognized as the man responsible for various iconic images of Björk, The White Stripes, Paul McCartney, David Lynch, Amy Winehouse, Pharrell Williams, Adele, and Patti Smith.