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The exhibition “Architecture and Landscape in Norway”, October 5, 2018, to January 17, 2019, in the Felleshus of the Nordic Embassies in Berlin shows a selection of photographs taken by Ken Schluchtmann at the intersection between contemporary architecture and landscape along the National Scenic Routes in Norway. The National Scenic Routes, initiated in 1994, consist of 18 selected roads that run along the coasts and fjords, and over the mountains and plains in Norway. By 2024 there will be almost 250 rest areas and viewpoints created by some 60 architectural firms, landscaping firms, designers and artists.
It all started in 1997 with a trip to Norway. The impressions Ken Schluchtmann experienced at the time were so intense that he then quit his law studies in Hanover and trained as a photo designer in Berlin. For the current project, he has been travelling the country over the past eight years, driving over 25,000 kilometres, living in his VW-Bus for weeks and producing over 10,000 photos. Ken Schluchtmann is up until now the only professional photographer who has photographed these landscapes consistently. Schluchtmann uses a coherent imagery, which creates a strong identity and shows some of the most beautiful parts of rural Norway. The pure power of the landscape is strengthened by the integration of architecture and art works.
The same idea is behind the exhibition and graphic design concept conceived by Schluchtmann together with the Berlin creative agency Bluescope using the architecture of the Felleshus to create an experience where the audience can immerse in Norway’s impassable and impressive landscape. Whether you make your way through the rows of seats in the auditorium to see the video or go up the stairs to the first floor, where an oversized first picture makes the viewer appear small: the architecture of the building is consciously used everywhere as an integral part of the exhibition concept, with its various levels and materials, such as exposed concrete, glass, wood and metal, reminding one of the buildings Schluchtmann photographed in Norway. 
In order to achieve a more intense experience for the viewer, in addition to the presentation of the photos in various sizes and print types, film, projection, animation and even large stones, which the photographer had brought back from Norway over the years, have been merged into an overall concept.
The curator Janike Kampevold Larsen describes in her curatorial statement how the exhibition situates Ken Schluchtmann—whom she calls a “master of light”—in a long tradition of landscape representation in Norway. The ingredients in Ken Schluchtmann’s photographs from Norway are architecture, landscapes and roads, all flooded in northern summer light. “Schluchtmann’s photographic eye harbours an astonishing precision. It scales and aligns—but it also imagines. Architecture is always positioned in a landscape context, precisely scaled to an often impressive topology and view. It shapes, materials and colours are allowed to play with elements and vegetation. This project unfolds as a very sensitive reading of the landscape and architecture. The beholder is allowed to sense with the camera, to move slowly across natural and built surfaces and to let the gaze drift off beyond and between architectural volumes.” 
Dates: October 5, 2018, to January 17, 2019
Felleshus of the Nordic Embassies in Berlin, 
Rauchstraße 1, 
10787 Berlin-Tiergarten
Mo—Fr: 10 am—7 pm
Sa—Su: 11 am—4 pm
Free admission
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