The Broker - Nobel Peace Center

Nobel Peace Center

Photo: Cornelius Poppe / Nobel Peace Center

The Broker

12 Dec 2008–01 Nov 2009

During three decades, the former Finnish President has played a vital role in the peace and reconciliation work done in Namibia, Kosovo, Iraq, Northern Ireland and the Aceh Province in Indonesia. In 2008 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

In the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition – The Broker, Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen and BBC journalist Lyse Doucet gave a unique glimpse into the work of Martti Ahtisaari.

All conflicts can be resolved.
– Martti Ahtisaari

In 2000 he founded Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), working to resolve conflict, crisis management and sustainable peace and security.

“Ahtisaari is a fascinating character. Unlike many ‘celebrities’ working on the international arena, Ahtisaari prefers working behind the scenes and to keep a low profile. His trademark is discretion, so his portraits are few but this makes it a more exciting assignment for me,” said Jonas Bendiksen.

In addition to photographs, texts and audio, the public got to meet the Martti Ahtisaari sculpture on several spots inside the exhibition. The sculpture was made by model maker Pernille Trøbråten in collaboration with scenographer Christine Lohre.

Ahtisaari received one of the sculptures as a gift at the exhibition opening, and said that he would keep it in his house so his wife Eeva could see who she is married to when he is out travelling. He travels about 160 days of the year.

Photographs: Jonas Bendiksen
Texts: Lyse Doucet
Exhibition design: Christine Lohre
Sculptures: Pernille Trøbråten

Overview of our former Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibitions:

2007 Al Gore and the IPCC – Fever
The exhibition, like the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, was divided in two parts. The world renowned photographer Anton Corbijn created six portraits of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore, bringing out sides of Gore that are rarely seen: Playful and casual, surrounded by the nature he works to preserve. The exhibition also consisted of pictures and text from the article series ”A Globe in Crisis” that was featured in the Norwegian business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. Photographer Ørjan F. Ellingvåg and journalist Frode Frøyland have covered the activity of the IPCC, The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change.

2006 Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank – A fistful of dollars
The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition was about Mohammad Yunus and Grameen Bank. Photographer Linda Næsfeldt’s pictures present a man and an institution that give poor people hope and a possibility to create a dignified life for themselves.

2005  – Make Power, Not War
Mohamed ElBaradei considered the nuclear threat of today to be greater than ever before. IAEA controls over 900 facilities for nuclear power in 71 countries in order to prevent dissemination of nuclear weapons. At the same time, IAEA promotes civilian use of nuclear power and related technology. The exhibit highlighted this controversial double role.