Kirsten Kokkin is interviewed by the Norwegian Public Broadcasting System (NRK) after she has presented her Monumental Portrait Statue of the Queen of Norway, HRH Queen Sonja. The monument was presented to the Majesties, King Harald and Queen Sonja on her 80th Birthday July 4, 2017. The monument is placed in the public area of the Royal Garden that surrounds the Palace in the heart of Oslo. Ms. Kokkin also has another Royal monument in the Royal Garden of HRH King Harald's Mother; HRH Crown princess Martha of Norway, deceased 1954.
PELLE MONUMENT, Bronze, 82"h x 70"w Description: The Pelle Monument is made in honor of a resistance group that was active in Oslo during WWII. The resistance group was founded in 1944 and had several successful raids on the largest shipyard in Oslo, Aker Yard. The Group managed to destroy two large freight ships that were due to transport German Soldiers to the East Front. This was the largest ship sabotage in WWII and was very successful in harming the enemy. The monument is a gift to the Cultural Department of Norway from the City of Oslo and the group Samlerhuset A/S. Kirsten Kokkin's father, Sverre Kokkin, was one of the members of this group and one of only 3 survivors left. He will give a speech in The City Hall of Oslo on the presentation of the monument on November 22, 2013.
Listen to a Norwegian interview with Kirsten Kokkin and her Father, Sverre Kokkin, on PBS in Norway - NRK Radio P2 12.09.13 about the monument that Kirstin is presenting in Norway at the Oslo City Hall on November 22, 2013. It is a monument in honor of a partisan group in Norway Oslo that was active in 1943/44/45. Today there are only two survivors left, Kirsten's father and his friend that is in a nursing home.The interview is about the creation of the monument and the dynamics that played out between the subject matter, the creation, and her father.
Kirsten working on the Pelle Monument, a memorial for Norwegian resistance fighters in Oslo during World War II. The monument is a gift from Samlerhuset A/S and Oslo City, to The Norwegian Cultural Department. The monument will be placed at the location ( Aker Brygge i Oslo ) where the group performed the largest ship sabotage in World War II in Europe. Kirsten's father Sverre Kokkin is one of the two remaining members alive today. Read more >>
August 7th, 2012
"Flesh & Blood"
Artworks Loveland - Loveland, Colorado
Presenting Sheldon James & Kirsten Kokkin in "Flesh & Blood"
The private reception will be held on Tuesday August 7th, 2012. The artists talk will commence at 7:15pm.
Vernissage: Sunday, June 10 from 12:00 to 14:00
Summer exhibition from June 10 until August 12, 2012
Currently KK is having a solo show at the Hammar Estate in Varmland, Sweden. Hammar Gard is an old estate from the 1700 and is currently a working horse breeding facility and a culture center. The Sculptures will be on show until August 10.
JUNE 2012 -
Presently KK is working out of her two studios in Norway and Colorado with various projects. The most current one is a lifesize commission for the sculpture "Il Corazon Sagrado" The title can also be translated to "the holy heart" of humankind.
The idea and motive of the sculpture is furthermore underscore from the holy script of
'A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.'
The sculpture images a young man in his full prime of God's creation with his hand pointing to his heart while his glance is full with sorrow and scorn. Kokkin cites, "I always wanted to do a young man in his prime as a symbol of God and Natures splendor and creation and when I stumbled upon the phrase - Il Corazon Sagrado - it fell into place for me to combine the two motives." The commission is private.
She also just completed and unveiled the bust of the previous prime minister of Norway Mrs. Gro Harlem Brundtland that was a commission from the Labor Party of Norway. Mrs. GH Brundtland is one of the most famous living women in Norwegian history, to be the first female prime minister of Norway and to rule for 12 years. She has also been the head of WHO for several years, and today she give lectures all over the world about health and peace.
Kirsten Kokkin with the prime minister of Norway, Jens
Stoltenberg, and her model Gro Harlem Brundtland and her husband Arne Olav
Brundtland. The bust was erected at the National headquarter of the Social
Democratic Party of Norway in honor of Mrs. Gro H. Brundtland. She was the
first woman to be prime minister in Norway as well as being the party
leader for a period of 11 years as well as being a prime minister for 10
years. She then went on to be the leader of World Health Organization in
her capacity as being a trained physician. Today she is a valid lecturer
all over the world as well as serving on many boards. She is also serving
on the board of the U.N. today. She is one of the most famous women in
history in Norway as well as abroad.
July 31 - August 29, 2010
"Man and Nature" (Mennesket Og Naturen)
Culture Hall, Larvik, Norway.
A group show of the foremost figurative artists
in Norway. The show celebrates the figure in relationship
to the nature, and mankind's relationship to Nature.
Daphne in the Fall, Bronze 1999,
October 9 - November 9, 2010
"American Woman Artists"
Dallas Texas, USA.
An American woman artist is
an organization that is dedicated to the inspiration, celebration
an encouragement of Woman in the visual Arts in USA. This
is their annual show.
November 12-November 30th, 2010
"Les Femmes: Women of Note"
Denver Colorado, USA
A group of significant artists will be celebrated in
this show, by the noteworthy Saks Gallery in Denver, CO,
USA. Saks Gallery is one of the first galleries in Denver,
and has a strong and successful history with all the famous
artists of the West. In addition they show contemporary
figurative works of paintings and sculpture. This will
be a show of the highest and finest quality of female artists
of this region.
SEPT. 28, 2010
The Fiddle Player Ole Bull at Norsk Hostfest
Hall of Fame in South Dakota.
Kirsten Kokkin has once again been asked to contribute
to the Norsk. This is a highly esteemed prize that is
given out to 4 notorieties of Norwegian descent or birth
every year. Famous people like Thor Heyerdahl and Arlene
Dahl are some of the recipient among many of the prize.
For this prize Ms. Kirsten Kokkin has created a small
image of the famous Norwegian fiddle player Ole Bull.
He was truly one of the most famous Norwegians in USA
in his time, mesmerizing the American Public with his
engaging fiddle playing , in addition to creating wonderful
music. Even today he is played frequently on the wire
and in concerts all over the world. He also built his
own town, called Oleanna, in Pennsylvania, Usa.
Flottere enn jeg hadde trodd
Stein Erik Hagen var blant de prominente gjestene da nøkkelen
til Bølgen ble overlevert i ettermiddag, og fikk for første
gang se relieffet av seg selv.
Simostranda, Norway, December
Kirsten Kokkin's monument of the The 5 time Olympian Biathlon
Skier Ole Einar Bjorndalen from Norway is now featured
on NBC's official site for the 2010 Olympics.
The 5 time Olympian Biathlon Skier
Ole Einar Bjorndalen from Norway.
The sculpture is installed in his home town Simostranda,
and was presented to the public on Sept. 13, 2008.
Oslo, Norway , October 2008
Artist Kirsten Kokkin and Mr. Christian Ringnes who has
force of Oslo has their own Equestrian department. This
is mainly used for patrolling the streets of Oslo and
parades. The force also plays an important role in political
or other demonstrations. The horse was created by the
artist Kirsten Kokkin in the stable of one of the most
known horses named THOR. Today it is placed outside the
stable that is located in the historic center of Oslo
at the old fort of Akershus.
The Mayor of Oslo with
New York City, October 30, 2008
THE ANGEL OF MUSIC - Proposal to memorial at Louis Gottschalk
Grave site at the Brook green Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY
Follow Kirsten's progress in New York's
search for a monument to honor Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
Kirsten Kokkin is currently in the process
of finishing a monumental portrait sculpture of the Honorable
Lillan Lowenskiold Stuart for Baerum Vaerk in Oslo, Norway.
This monument will be presented June 2009. She is also
in the process of finishing a double portrait in the form
of a Bas Relief, of the benefactors of the Cultural Center
in Larvik, Norway, that will be presented in October of
2009. The building is of the famous Architect Niels Torp.
In addition she will have a one person
show at the Anders Svor Museum, Jolster, Norway from May
till September 2009.
Stockholm, October 30, 2008
The presentation of this sculpture is the third one of
this Monument and the last. It is placed outside the
Norwegian Church in Stockholm that carries her name,
the Church of Crown Princess Martha of Norway. with this
final installment the sculpture is placed in the three
locations in the world where she made her home, her birthplace
Stockholm, Sweden. In Oslo Norway where she made her
future as the Crown Princess, and in Washington, DC,
USA where she was a guest and refugee during the World
Stockholm, October 30 2008:
The Royal Princess of Norway Princess Astrid performing
the unveiling of the Monumental Statue of her Mother, The
Crown Princess Martha of Norway.