A Surprising Window on the World at the Nobel Peace Center
I was a bit skeptical about the Nobel Peace Center before my visit, and to be honest, I only stopped in because it was on the way to the Astrup Fearnley Museum and the shops of Aker Brygge. I was glad I did. The permanent exhibitions about past award winners, such as these weird, glowing, framed pictures in a dark room, struck me as the result of being unsure what to do with an excess of funding.
But there was a brilliant temporary exhibit occupying the main exhibition space on the ground floor called “What the World Eats.” The photo exhibit was basically an invitation into the kitchens of families all over the world, depicting the families in the comfort of their home, surrounding one week’s worth of their groceries. It was eye-opening to see a Malian family on the low end (just over $1/week) in contrast to the western families, and the interesting way the people from the variety of nations in between meet their weekly dietary intake. Here we have the Madsen family of Cap Hope, a small village in Greenland.
The travel lesson here is to always at least see what is going at the notable cultural institutions of a city.