One hundred years ago, in 1919, Nobel prize-winner Sigrid Undset relocated to, Bjerkebæk, a house in the town of Lillehammer. The exhibition "To Enclose Oneself" at Lillehammer Art Museum opens 20th May 2019.
For Undset, ‘home’ was a fundamental part of life’s development; in both her literature and her life, ‘home’ played a decisive role. The title of this exhibition – To Enclose Oneself – comes from Undset herself, describing the joys of creating one’s own place of residence. In the original Norwegian, Undset played on words, creating a double meaning that referred to both the satisfaction of making a home for her family, and also in finding a place to hide away from the pressures of the outside world.
The exhibition will house objects both artistic and cultural that formed the framework of Undset’s taste and ideology – including pieces from Carl Larsson, Prince Eugen, William Morris, Agnes Slott-Møller, Gerhard Munthe and Theodor Kittelsen. The displays within this exhibition have been staged as a labyrinth, winding through the ‘many rooms’ of Sigrid Undset’s life.
Lillehammer Museums will celebrate this centenary both at her home, Bjerkebæk, and at Lillehammer Art Museum. At Bjerkebæk, the traditional public areas will be extended, whilst Lillehammer Art Museum will house the exhibition ‘To Enclose Oneself’.
Curator: Cecilie Skeide
Project coordinator: Gry Pettersbakken