In the rush to get to Oslo’s attractions the last time (but one) I was here, I didn’t notice that there was a museum and gallery in the town of Drammen, not 15 minutes walk from the hotel.
Another few inches of snow had fallen overnight…
… so it was a bit of a lark getting there on foot. I lost the path at one point and ended up in the middle of a roundabout. Happily, the Norwegians are very good about pedestrians and the traffic stopped to watch me struggle through a 3ft high snow drift to get back onto the footpath.
They like their wooden jugs…
.. and their mangles. These work by putting the freshly laundered item on a flat table, wrapping a moist cloth round a cane and with one hand on the horse shaped handle, the cane is rolled up and down under the board until the laundry is smooth before being hung up to dry. I think I’d be much engaged elsewhere if one of those came out of the cupboard – it must have been incredibly hard work.
A small room was devoted to Hans Heyerdahl, a realist painter whose early years were spent in Drammen.
I’d come across and admired his work in the National Gallery in Oslo so it was good to see him again.
Eduard Fischer was a contemporary of Heyerdahl. He seems to have specialised in water and boats but I can’t find much more about him.
Frederik Collett was doing his stuff mostly up the road in Lillehammer.
And finally, Gustav Wentzel with a very typical Scandinavian interior. The gallery followed much the same form as the Bornholme and Haugesund galleries I’ve visited in that it represented only artists that were ‘local’. I like that idea and for that reason I’m looking forward to visiting the Ateneum gallery in Helsinki whose collection comprises mainly Finnish artists. I’ve spotted also, on the way to Helsinki airport, an aviation museum that looks like it’s worth a visit.
With wood in abundance, interiors were lined with boards and then painted, as was almost every other bit of furniture and household utensil. A house without colour would have been a dull place indeed.
The museum occupied two buildings. One building, a modern glass and steel affair, housed the permanent collection. The other, the big house pictured above, had an exhibition of Scandinavian art and design from 1900 to the present. There were two exhibits which caught my eye; the chair above…
… and this small plate. Of the two I would have been happy to take home the plate which was perfect. The chair was nearly there but somehow, not quite.
Back in the hotel, the outlook from my window wasn’t encouraging as more snow fell throughout the day….
…. and with the temperature forecast to drop back to -11°, in the coming week, spending the day holed up in the tent with a box of cup-a-soups, was beginning to look less than appealing.
I’m not sure my building a snowman would be approved of, but it would be something to do.