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An exhibition of Lars Backer as a pioneer of Norwegian Modernism. Oslo’s National Museum – Architecture offers a look at his role of introducing the international style into Norway’s landscape. A new conception of style surprised Norwegian architecture in 1927. Modernism, also known as International Style, became the dominant movement in the 20th Century among international designers and architects. The movement was characterized by a rejection of all ornaments – which were either minimal or absent – with the combination of rectangular and cubist shapes, reinforcement of the concrete, use of large windows and creamy colors, as well as the inclusion of open plans.

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An exhibition of Lars Backer as a pioneer of Norwegian Modernism

Published on Thursday, 31st March, 2016 at 13:14 under the entertainment category, by Clara Reig Palau.

Oslo’s National Museum – Architecture offers a look at his role of introducing the international style into Norway’s landscape.

Skansen Restaurant, Lars Backer
The building was torn down in 1970.Skansen Restaurant, Lars Backer
Photo: Unknown/National Museum


A new conception of style surprised Norwegian architecture in 1927. Modernism, also known as International Style, became the dominant movement in the 20th Century among international designers and architects.

The movement was characterized by a rejection of all ornaments – which were either minimal or absent – with the combination of rectangular and cubist shapes, reinforcement of the concrete, use of large windows and creamy colors, as well as the inclusion of open plans.

At that time, Norway had found a side from other architectonical European movements such as Beaux-Arts. The country’s artists immediately connected with Modernism, even developing their own approach called Functionalism (or ‘Funkis’, as the Scandinavians nicknamed it).

Lars Backer (1892-1930) had already contributed to Oslo’s landscape with more Neoclassic style buildings such as Frogner Kino (Cinema), which opened in 1926. And by 1927, he had already played a part in spreading Modernism with his design of the Skansen Restaurant, the first modernist building in Norway. His works also included those of the Ekeberg Restaurant and the Horn Building (Horngården) – both in the Norwegian capital.

But while his first designs were not well received by the critics, the Horn Building was praised unanimously, finally conferring fame upon Backer for being a pioneer of International Style in Norway.

Backer only lived to be 38 years old, dying of a severe infection. However, he left a valuable architectonical legacy to Norway. The National Museum’s exhibition called “Lars Backer – Architect. A pioneer of Norwegian Modernism”, aims to revisit the figure of the architect and his key role in introducing the movement to Norway.

The event intends to offer a perspective on Backer as a figure and his upbringing as an architect and future pioneer through a series of original works, drawings, furniture, and photographs.

“Lars Backer – Architect. A pioneer of Norwegian Modernism” displays at the National Museum – Architecture in Oslo between 1st April and 14th August. 



Published on Thursday, 31st March, 2016 at 13:14 under the entertainment category, by Clara Reig Palau.

This post has the following tags: architecture, exhibition, oslo, paywall.





  
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