On Saturday, May 9, 2015, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales arrived in fantastic Wellington, New Zealand for a seven-day official visit.
Upon his arrival at Wellington Airport the handsome royal was warmly welcomed by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. John Key, and the Mayor of Wellington, Ms. Celia Wade-Brown. Moments later Prince Harry and his delegation were driven to Government House the Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, and his wife, Lady Janine Mateparae, as well as other officials were waiting for their royal guest. Whilst at Government House Prince Harry received the Powhiri, a traditional Maori welcome.
After a lovely reception at Government House, Prince Harry and his delegation visited the National War Memorial Park. According to Kensington Palace the park:
“…commemorates all New Zealanders who have died in military conflicts, both before and since the First World War and will become a focal point of the Government’s WW100 program to mark the centenary of the First World War. The Park provides a place to honour sacrifice and service, to remember New Zealander’s contribution in times of war and to inspire and educate future generations. It is also intended as a symbol of the country’s enduring international relationships with other nations, forged as a result of shared experiences of military conflict.”
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On Saturday, May 9, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the exhibit, Van Gogh+Munch, at the Munchmuseet in Oslo.
The exhibition, in collaboration with the Munchmuseet and the Van Gogh Museum, explores the:
“…similarities and connections between these two artists; those that immediately jump out at you as well as those that exist on a deeper level. Rather than uncritically accepting established perceptions, the exhibition will take a closer look at their artistic point of departure, the influences they were exposed to, the development in style and technique and what artistic goals they set for themselves, and in this way create a deeper understanding of why these artists are so often compared to each other.
The exhibition will encompass approximately 75 paintings and 30 works on paper, including about ten comparative works by other artists. Both museums will contribute a discerning selection of major works for the exhibition, complemented by important loans from other museums and private collectors. The catalogue will contain articles related to the exhibition’s various themes, in addition to texts that treat other subjects, such as the artists’ writings and the history of the reception of their work. In addition to articles by the curators of the exhibition, well-known art historians such as Jill Lloyd, Uwe Schneede and Reinhold Heller will also contribute texts.”
Van Gogh + Munch will be open to the public until September 6, 2015.