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  • 7 March 2014

A poignant memorial in Norway, Vikings steal the show and Constable's cathedral goes on tour – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Model of Memory Wound, a 3.5m gap cut into the Sørbråten peninsula by artist Jonas Dahlberg as a memorial for the victims of the 2011 massacre in Norway Jonas Dahlberg Studio

Norway remembers Breivik’s victims

Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg has been commissioned to create three artworks in memory of the victims of Anders Behring Breivik’s 2011 massacre in Oslo and Utøya. The Guardian reports that the first piece is a three-and-a-half-metre-wide slit cut into the Sørbråten peninsula, which faces the island of Utøya, marking a ‘symbolic wound’ on the landscape.

Constable on tour

John Constable iconic landscape Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows has started its national tour with support from the Art Fund, with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Manton Foundation and Tate Members. Acquired for £23 million last year, its first stop is at National Museum Cardiff, where it is displayed with the museum’s own Constable, A Cottage in a Cornfield. Jackie Wullschlager writes about the significance of this six-foot masterpiece for the Financial Times.

Front Row presenter departs

BBC arts presenter Mark Lawson is to leave Radio 4’s Front Row after 16 years, citing personal reasons. The broadcaster’s departure follows what The Guardian describes as ‘claims of bullying that are understood to have been made in a collective formal complaint by the National Union of Journalists’ to the BBC.

More lore than gore at the Vikings exhibition

The much-anticipated Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition at the British Museum opened this week, with critics discussing the unknown depths of their visual culture, the new Sainsbury’s Exhibition Galleries and the massive Roskilde 6 longship. The Times’s Mark Hudson reports that visitors may gain as much from the texts and audio guides as the displays themselves.

And finally…

Fanciful illustrations from a circa-1530 manual on artillery and siege warfare seem to show jetpacks strapped to the backs of cats and doves. According to The Independent the author of these unusual texts has been identified as military master Franz Helm of Cologne.