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ART ON BOARD Nowhere else offers such an impressive floating collection of art as Viking. Learn more about the artists featured and the reasons that art is valued so highly on board our ocean ships No matter how far our journeys take us, we like to remember where we came from. This is why the expansive art collection on board our ocean ships is very much an ode to our Nordic heritage. We have carefully curated a diverse spectrum of works by both established and up-andcoming artists. And not only does the collection pay tribute to all things Norwegian, but it complements the light-filled interiors of the ships and serves as a unique attraction for our guests on board. A RICH MIX From oil paintings and photography to sculpture, model ships and ceramics, the size and breadth of our extensive art collection is staggering and can be seen throughout our ocean ships—in the dining venues, public spaces, corridors and even the staterooms. Afternoon tea is served in the Wintergarden, where Norwegian photographer Isabel Tellefsen’s simple but striking coastal shot Nesodden adorns the wall on board Viking Sun®. In the same space on board Viking Sea® stands the abstract marble sculpture Aurora, created by Knut Steen, one of Norway’s most celebrated sculptors. Impressions from Nature by Norway’s most prominent abstract painter, Jakob Weidemann, takes pride of place in The Restaurant on Deck 2 of Viking Orion®, while the art in Viking Sun’s Explorers’ Lounge features a mélange of enigmatic nature photography, a Romanesque tapestry and a replica of a well-preserved Viking ship’s bow. DIGITAL EXTRAS Guests can download our free Viking Art Guide app before they travel. Then, once on board, the app can be used to enjoy a self-guided tour featuring the artists’ bios and stories behind the onboard spaces. The insightful commentary is provided by Viking Executive Vice President Karine Hagen, as well as artists, designers and curators. You can also experience a daily cultural highlight—“Munch Moments”—on the Atrium screen in The Living Room, thanks to an exclusive partnership with Oslo’s Munch Museum. The Viking Art Guide is available for download on both Apple and Android mobile devices. Above: Viking guests make use of the Viking Art Guide as they tour the art collection on board their ship 6 VIKING.COM EXPLORE MORE 2020

CULTURE ARTIST PROFILE: JAKOB WEIDEMANN Pivotal in introducing abstract art to Norwegians in the decades after World War II, painter Jakob Weidemann is considered one of the most influential artists in Norway Born in 1923 at Steinkjer in Nord-Trøndelag, Norway, Weidemann started his art training at the Bergen Art School in 1939 before relocating to Oslo a few years later to study at the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts. In the year he left the academy (1942), he held his first solo exhibition. His success, however, was overshadowed by the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, and Weidemann joined the Norwegian resistance movement. He was arrested but managed to escape to Sweden in 1944. There, an awful accident involving an explosive charge left him temporarily Clockwise, from top left: A Jakob Weidemann painting in The Restaurant on board Viking Star; Blomst i sne (1995) features a burst of color against a backdrop of snow EXPLORE MORE 2020 VIKING.COM 7