News & Reports Aug 1, 2014 | 4:03 PMby Tromso Olympiad 2014

Arctic art challenge

American born Norwegian artist Ida Lorentzen | photo: Georgios Souleidis

Norwegian artist Ida Lorentzen, internationally renowned for her haunting paintings of interiors exploring light and space, is also an enthusiastic chess player. To honor the occasion of Tromsø 2014, she decided to combine her passions and is holding a series of six 'Chess Performances' at the Tromsø Kunstforening (Art Association), close to the playing hall.

Art at stake

Ida will play a total of six challengers over three days, with members of the exhibition's audience able to apply to play against her. Winners will be able to choose one of the six Lorentzen prints currently hanging on the gallery wall. On Friday 1 August her opponents included Abid Raja - a member of parliament, deputy leader of the Liberal Party and another well-known Norwegian chess enthusiast. 

Ida takes on Abid Raja | photo: Georgios Souleidis

Her opponent can see the prize on the gallery walls during the game | photo: Georgios Souleidis

Her next matches will be on 3-4 August, two per day, and prospective opponents can seek to sign up at the gallery website.

The artist came up with the idea this spring, when she wanted to find a way to stage an event to mark the chess landmark on Norwegian soil. Curator Hanne Gulljord commented:

When she told us about this, we thought it was a very exciting idea, and we had to act quickly - it usual for us to plan events roughly two years in advance.


Tromsø Kunstforening

You can combine a visit to a regional cultural landmark - the Tromsø Kunstforening - with a chance to win a unique souvenir of the Tromsø Chess Olympiad | photo: Georgios Souleidis

The gallery is a definite attraction for visiting art lovers, and is the region's gathering spot for modern art. Hanne explains:

It is not a museum as we don't have a collection. Instead we exhibit the work of living artists, with a wide, regional to international focus. Over the years we have built a reputation for bold exhibitions with a good knack for finding emerging and breakthrough artists.

The gallery is on Muségata 2 and will have extended opening hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, during the Olympiad. 

You have to hurry if you want to view the exhibition or challenge Ida | photo: Georgios Souleidis

Admission to the exhibitions is free.

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