European Migrants in Search of Utopia

Δυνατά χάλκινα γλυπτά για τη μετανάστευση και την ουτοπία

Ο νορβηγός καλλιτέχνης Fredrik Raddum είναι γνωστός για τα γλυπτά και τις ενδιαφέρουσες εγκαταστάσεις του, οι οποίες συχνά «εξερευνούν» πολιτικά και κοινωνικά θέματα.


Bronze Sculptures by Fredrik Raddum

Oslo-based Norwegian artist Fredrik Raddum is known for his imaginative figurative sculptures and installation art, which often explore political themes.

His previous work mixes tragedy with humor, depicting surreal, dystopian cartoon figures that encourage the viewer to “think beyond the initial encounter.” Raddum’s most recent collection of bronze sculptures—titled Hacienda Paradise – Utopia Experiment—was exhibited earlier this year at Galleri Brandstrup, and sheds light on a true story of human immigration that’s now referred to as “The Galapagos Affair.”

In search of their new Eden, a group of world-weary Europeans left their homes to live on the Galápagos Islands in the 1930s. The first of the island expats to arrive was Friedrich Ritter, a German physician, and his younger lover, Dore Strauch, who settled on one of the most remote islands, Floreana.

Next came the Wittmer family from Germany, and soon after came Baroness Eloise von Wagner, who arrived from Paris with her “two companions.” It wasn’t long after they arrived that the Baroness and one of her lovers disappeared. The case remains a mystery to this day.

Raddum’s sculptures show the pioneers in surreal, mysterious circumstances. In one piece, a bird tries to fly away with the brass body of a man. In another, a female figure stands atop two human heads, and seems to exhale a strange golden liquid.



One giant turtle-shaped piece depicts the island legend of a turtle who could read the minds of the visitors. In Raddum’s piece, the shell is used as a place to make a fire. According the the artist, the exhibition reminds us that “we can change our surroundings, but we cannot escape from ourselves.”

If you’re a murder mystery fan, The Galapagos Affair story was made into a movie, directed by Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller. You can also find more of Raddum’s work via his website and Instagram.

Artist Fredrik Raddum’s bronze sculptures tell the story of Europeans who left their homes and fled to the Galápagos Islands in the 1930s.

Bronze Sculptures by Fredrik Raddum


Η πιο πρόσφατη συλλογή χάλκινων γλυπτών ρίχνει φως στην ιστορία της ανθρώπινης μετανάστευσης.

Τα γλυπτά του Raddum δημιουργούν σουρεαλιστικές και μυστηριώδεις αναπαραστάσεις. Σε ένα κομμάτι, ένα πουλί προσπαθεί να πετάξει μακριά με το χάλκινο σώμα ενός άνδρα. Σε ένα άλλο έργο, μια γυναικεία φιγούρα εκπνέει ένα περίεργο χρυσό υγρό.

Σύμφωνα με τον καλλιτέχνη, η έκθεση μας υπενθυμίζει ότι “μπορούμε να αλλάξουμε το περιβάλλον μας, αλλά δεν μπορούμε να ξεφύγουμε από τον εαυτό μας”.

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