The Special Events Committee has the pleasure of inviting you to the exciting exhibition Craftmanship at the Royal Palace – 200 years of creations at Queen Sonja Art Stable.
The exhibition displays a selection of beautiful, handcrafted objects from the Royal Collections. It emphasises the importance of traditional crafts and explains how the objects on display were made, as well as how they are still used and cared for today.
The Royal Stables were built between 1845 and 1848. King Haakon and Queen Maud expanded the facilities in 1911. British-born Queen Maud was an accomplished equestrian, and the stables were remodelled, based on those at Buckingham Palace: the Royal Mews. On Queen Maud’s initiative, a British stable master was hired. At one point, the staff included 13 grooms who had their living quarters above the centre stable building. The centre stable could house 38 horses as well as carriages, saddles and harnesses.
After Queen Maud’s death in 1938, the practice of keeping horses declined. The last horses were removed from the Royal Stables shortly after the outbreak of war in 1940. The Royal Stables have been used for storage since World War II.
The repurposing of the stables into an art gallery was a gift to Her Majesty Queen Sonja from His Majesty the King.
The Queen Sonja Art Stable officially opened on the Queen’s 80th birthday on July 4, 2017. The opening marked the beginning of a new era for the building. Where the horses once stood in their stalls, the public can now enjoy art and history.
DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 11 at 10:40 (for 11:00)
SIGN UP: To Mona Bækkelund Reinboth by email no later than May 3. Please sign up and pay only when you have received confirmation. Please pay before the deadline. After you have paid, please inform Mona Reinboth and state the date of payment.
PLACE: The Queen Sonja Art Stable, Parkveien 50, 0010 Oslo
PRICE: NOK 125.- for the entrance fee and guided tour.
Please make your payment preferably by bank transfer to the Forum account: 1600 40 36631 or by VIPPS 591747. No cash will be handled at the venue. Please state the event and your name in the transaction (in the KID-number box for bank payments and in the dialogue box for VIPPS).
Maximum number of participants is 30.
Guests will be allowed if space is available. Cancellations after the deadline and no-shows will be charged.