Knut Steen

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Knut Steen
Knut Steen, 2007
Born 19 November 1924
Oslo, Norway
Died 22 September 2011(2011-09-22) (aged 86)
Known for Sculpting

Knut Steen (19 November 1924 – 22 September 2011[1]) was a Norwegian sculptor.

Steen was born in Oslo but lived in Italy from 1973 until his death in September 2011. Steen is perhaps best known for his work on the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts in conjunction with the Danish sculptor Per Palle Storm.[2] In 2000, he was commissioned to create a statue of King Olav V of Norway, which became the subject of great controversy. At a cost of NOK 2 million (US$317,000), Steen based his statue on a photo of the king in military garb and depicted him in a serious pose with his right arm raised. This drew the ire of critics, who compared it with similar statues of dictators. Eventually, the Oslo City Council rejected the work,[3][4] and the statue was later installed in Gulen.[5]

A museum dedicated to his work opened in Sandefjord in 2009. Steen's manager and daughter, Hege Steen, said "We are glad that it has been possible to bring several of Knut’s works together at one place in his native country".[6]


  1. ^ Notice of death of Knut Steen
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  3. ^ "Debate rages over royal statue". Aftenposten. 10 November 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Oslo City Politicians Reject Statue Of Late Norwegian King". Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 27 November 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  5. ^ "Rejected statue finds a home". The Star. 15 March 2007. [dead link]
  6. ^ Bomsdorf, Clemens (5 October 2009). "Museum dedicated to Knut Steen". The Art Newspaper. 

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