Museum 2020

The editor's reflections

In the Drammen author Kristian Klausen's latest novel Death at work the main characters get lost in the museum park here at Marienlyst after a long walk. Konnerudgata has also acquired an important symbolic meaning for the protagonist Mark Rothko. The entire novel is filled with places and descriptions of Drammen, which is not so strange considering that Klausen lives and works in Drammen. The radical thing is that he has invented a universe where famous American artists live, move and work here.

This spring, we have seen that the people of Drammen have taken hold. Never have we seen so many people using the hiking trails we have both along the river, Bragernesåsen and Strømsåsen. We have had the need to move in everyday life with quarantine and then we can really be happy that we live in a city where movement and physical activity are provided for. There are many who have advocated that walking, strolling or hiking does something to us, that it allows us to process what we have been working on, process something that is difficult or simply
can let the mind fly. Both Plato and Socrates gave itinerant lectures and Rousseau claimed he could not think without walking at the same time.

I think that the corona situation has made many of us think through what we want to fill our lives with in the future. Suddenly we have found ourselves in a situation where neither work nor cultural offerings are a matter of course. But we have had more time to read and maybe a little more time to think about how we want it. In this edition of the Museum, we have chosen to focus even more on our garden and park facilities than in previous years. Our viewing rooms are outside, and we hope you will visit Gulskogen farm, Hallingtunet, the historic garden or the Japanese garden. These are places you can visit completely free of charge, alone or with others. Here you can move a little more slowly, relax and reflect.

This is the 6th edition of the magazine Museet, which we look forward to publishing every year. Here we are shown and told who we are and how we work. There is something about the format and the way we flip through and read something that is on paper.
It does something to us, we perhaps read a little more slowly and initiate a reflection that we lose in our fast digital everyday life.

In this magazine, we primarily want to tell about what is happening in the coming summer and autumn, which exhibitions the public can see, ongoing projects that we are working on and who we are collaborating with. We also communicate all this with the public via Facebook, Instagram, Newsletter and website. After all, most of us are on our digital surfaces.

The fact that we also want to publish the Museum, which will not only be a programme, but also take the form of a magazine or journal, is because we want some of the content to go more in-depth. This year we have changed the design slightly, which we believe has a lot to say for the magazine to be read. It is still in a recognizable format, but on a new paper and a little more color than before. I hope you put the magazine in your bag on a walk this summer and sit somewhere suitable for a quiet reading session.

Ida Klingvall

The magazine can be read in its entirety here:

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