Boyle Family and historical poster art at Henie Onstad in Norway this spring

Press Releases   •   Apr 04, 2018 08:40 BST

April 19 Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Norway opens two new exhibitions: Boyle Family: “Nothing is more radical than the facts” presents Henie Onstads large collection of works by Boyle Family in addition to several loans. In conjunction to this the exhibition Fleeting Form - Poster Art presents the art centers historical collection of posters for the very first time.

Marina Abramović – The Cleaner Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway

Press Releases   •   Oct 25, 2017 07:50 BST

The retrospective exhibition Marina Abramović – The Cleaner has been produced in close collaboration with the artist herself and is the most comprehensive presentation of Marina Abramović´s work in Europe. When the exhibition opens at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter November 24, it will also be venue for the new Community Event, The Abramović Method.

​The first retrospective of Catherine Opie’s works in Europe

Press Releases   •   Sep 19, 2017 07:45 BST

Henie Onstad introduces the autumn art season with the great retrospective Catherine Opie – Keeping an Eye on the World.

Four months change of name and architecture

Press Releases   •   Apr 24, 2017 08:30 BST

For the summer’s major exhibition event, the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter will change its name to Henie Onstad Sanatorium, while characteristic installations will transform the building’s architecture.

-The Belgian artist Carsten Höller (born 1961) is one of the world's most renowned contemporary artists. Over the past 20 years he has secured his status as one of the world's most distinctive, playful and enigmatic artists. We look forward to presenting his work for the first time in Norway, says Director Tone Hansen.

You are welcome to attend the press viewing of the Henie Onstad Sanatorium on Thursday, 11 May, at 10 am. Register by email to gv@hok.no

To support the central idea behind Höller's exhibition, the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter will change its name to Henie Onstad Sanatorium during the exhibition period. In addition to the temporary name change, the building’s architecture will also be reworked through a series of experimental installations, presenting visitors with a unique set of experiences.

-A slide curves from the outside and into the building, while distinctive sculptures invite you to float, move through complete darkness, and fly. The exhibition also includes two robotically-engineered beds, which offer visitors a unique opportunity to spend the night in the exhibition itself. Several of these pieces are central to Höller's artwork, and taken as a whole they constitute the Henie Onstad Sanatorium, explains Hansen.

Re-experience the sanatorium

In the late 1800s and early 1900s there were several sanatoriums in the vicinity of Høvikodden. Built to cure various diseases, sanatoriums were often situated in beautiful scenery, close to the forest and the sea, where the air was healthy. While some were designed to cure tuberculosis, other, older sanatoriums were intended to provide recreation and relaxation, more in line with what we might associate today with a spa visit.

-Along the lines of these ideas, and based on the Henie Onstad's unique location, Höller got the idea for the exhibition's title and concept the first time he visited us here at Høvikodden. Now the public are invited to re-experience a sanatorium through the transformative power of art, Tone Hansen explains.

Inspired by research and science

Carsten Höller is inspired by research and experiments from the history of science, and uses these techniques to create tools, architecture and installations, aiming to present audiences with unique physical and psychological experiences.

-An important objective is to provoke uncertainty, a feeling of disorientation and doubt; a state of mind that Höller himself considers highly productive. Several of his works draw inspiration from social spaces other than museums, such as amusement parks, zoos or playgrounds. But what Höller is seeking through his work is something very different from our usual experiences of such spaces, says curator Caroline Ugelstad.

Höller's art can be seen as a set of proposals for radically different ways of living and of being in the world, as expressed in his characteristic architectural alterations, moving beds, walls of flashing lights, or his famous slide installations.

-Henie Onstad Sanatorium promises a wide variety of unique experiences, and audiences may not emerge exactly the same as they were when they entered, concludes Tone Hansen.

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About Carsten Höller

Carsten Höller uses his training as a scientist in his work as an artist, concentrating particularly on the nature of human relationships.

Born in Brussels in 1961, he now lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden and Biriwa, Ghana. His major installations include Test Site, a series of giant slides for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall (2006), Amusement Park - an installation of full-size funfair rides turning and moving at very slow speed at MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA (2006), Flying Machine (1996), a work which hoists the viewer through the air, Upside-Down Goggles, an experiment with goggles which modify vision, and the famous The Double Club (2008-2009) in London, which opened in November 2008 and closed in July 2009, took the form of a bar, restaurant and nightclub designed to create a dialogue between Congolese and Western culture.

His Revolving Hotel Room, 2008, a rotating art installation that becomes a fully operational hotel room at night, was shown as part of theanyspacewhatever exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in 2009. For his 2015 exhibition Decision at the Hayward Gallery, he turned the whole building into an experimental parcours with two entrances and four exits, two of them slides.

His works have been shown internationally over the last two decades, including solo exhibitions at Fondazione Prada, Milan (2000), the ICA Boston (2003), Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille (2004), Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2008), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2010), Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2011), New Museum, New York (2011) Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna (2014), and most recently Doubt at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2016).

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Summary:

  • Institution: Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
  • Artist: Carsten Höller
  • Title: Carsten Höller: Henie Onstad Sanatorium
  • Curator: Caroline Ugelstad
  • Press opening: Thursday, 11 May, at 10 am
  • Exhibition opening: Thursday, 11 May at 6 pm
  • Exhibition period: 12 May – 10 September 2017
  • Address: Sonja Henies vei 31, 1311 Høvikodden, Norway
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Entrance: NOK 150 / 100 (student) / under 18s free of charge
  • Catalogue: Henie Onstad Sanatorium will be published as a catalogue by the Walther König publishing house in summer of 2017
  • HOK Lab: Workshops and activities for children of all ages throughout the centre’s opening hours
  • Booking of overnight accommodation: via Airbnb or hok.no
  • More info: See hok.no. The website will redirect to the website henieonstadsanatorium.no during the period 12 May to 10 September

HOK is a leading venue for 20th century and contemporary art, as well as music and experimental sound works. The Art Centre is located in a large sculpture park by the fjord, about 15 minutes drive from Oslo.

For the summer’s major exhibition event, the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter will change its name to Henie Onstad Sanatorium, while characteristic installations will transform the building’s architecture.

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Kåre Kivijärvi – Artist with a Camera

Press Releases   •   Mar 21, 2017 07:00 GMT

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) is devoting the upcoming exhibition of works from its collection to the photographic artist Kåre Kivijärvi. Kivijärvi is primarily known as a master of black and white photography, and was the first Norwegian photographer to win nationwide acclaim as a visual artist.

Unique accommodation at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

Press Releases   •   Feb 17, 2017 11:28 GMT

From May 12th until September 10th, the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) will be transformed into the Henie Onstad Sanatorium by internationally renowned artist Carsten Höller. -The installation "Two Roaming Beds" plays a central role in the exhibition, and we invite our guests to spend the night here, explains HOK director Tone Hansen.

MYTHS OF THE MARBLE

Press Releases   •   Jan 16, 2017 08:00 GMT

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) is pleased to present Myths of the Marble, a unique exhibition collaboration with The Institute of Contemporary (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on view at HOK February 3 through April 2, 2017.

Welcome to:
Press preview at HOK: Thursday February 2. 10AM
Official opening at HOK: Thursday February 2. 7PM 

Myths of the Marble considers how the "virtual" has been engaged by a varied group of contemporary artists as a way to image and imagine the world (the Blue Marble) as both a site of possibility and a set of limitations. Although "virtual reality" might conjure associations with early cybernetic theory and computer animation, today "virtuality" permeates both physical space and online experience.

At a moment when the capacity to depict the world in high definition has never been greater, reality is itself increasingly articulated as a construction. In this respect, it is essential that the "virtual" be seen not simply as an escapist technology promoted by Silicon Valley, but reclaimed as a metaphor or proposition to navigate lived sociopolitical experience.

While the exhibition troubles the line between the analog and the digital it also reflects back on the context of the museum and the body of the viewer. In so doing it suggests a more nuanced approach to technological production (be it hard, soft, or wet) that insists on materiality and the mobilization of a new political imaginary. Here, the virtual is a space of potentiality, a space in which to explore material agency and to push against, to move beyond, and to reflect back on human limitations. As a result, Myths of the Marble considers alternative forms of virtuality that meditate on extensions of the body, ecological formations, and architectural space and that emphasize the time-bound, the perceptual, and the haptic.

These ideas are explored through a wide range of mediums from painting, sculpture, and installation to video, 16mm film, and VR-technology by an international group of artists.

ARTISTS INCLUDE:
Rachel De Joode, Cayetano Ferrer, Ane Graff, Ignas Krunglevičius, Chris Marker, Daria Martin, Florian Meisenberg, Shahryar Nashat, Sondra Perry, Jacolby Satterwhite and Susanne M. Winterling

RELATED PUBLIC PROGRAMS:
HOK:Myths of the Marble Symposium: Friday, February 3, 2017, 1-5pm
ICA: Public Opening Celebration: Friday, April 28, 2017, 6:30–9PM. 
Preview and conversation with artists and curators, 5PM (Members Only) 

The exhibition is initiated by Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, where the exhibition is on view February 3 through April 2, 2017, and conceived and produced in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, where the exhibition will be on view April 28 through August 6, 2017. The two institutions have co-commissioned seven new works, and will also co-produce a fully illustrated catalogue published by Sternberg Press with contributions by scholars Tom Holert and Homay King in June 2017.

HOK is a leading venue for 20th century and contemporary art, as well as experimental sound works. The Art Centre is located in a large sculpture park by the fjord, about 15 minutes drive from Oslo.

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) is pleased to present Myths of the Marble, a unique exhibition collaboration with The Institute of Contemporary (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on view at HOK February 3 through April 2, 2017.

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Yayoi Kusama, the Queen of Polka Dots, comes to the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK)

Press Releases   •   Jan 13, 2016 15:18 GMT

The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) is busy preparing for a spectacular exhibition opening on February 19th. Visitors will be invited to enter into Japanse artist Yayoi Kusama's world of colours, patterns and movement. The enormously productive career of this Japanese artist spans over 70 years.

A new exhibition with highlights from HOK's collection

Press Releases   •   Dec 10, 2015 13:33 GMT

On 24th November, the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) opened a new exhibition featuring works from its own core collection. Visitors will encounter different thematic narratives and unusual constellations of artworks. The exhibition will be on show throughout the whole of 2016.

Based on the core collection of works donated by Sonja Henie and Niels Onstad, today's collection now comprises a number of specialist sub-groups. While Henie and Onstad's donation consists of works linked to the French school, later donations centred for example on the Fluxus movement, photography and COBRA, and addition to Erling Neby's collection that is on long-term storage at HOK.

An extensive collection of major works

Our selections from this rich material have resulted in seven different narratives and sections in our new exhibition. Using clear, scenographic techniques and exciting stories relating to the body, movement, identity and trauma, the exhibition is both topical and challenging, says Tone Hansen.

The Henie Onstad collection consists of over 4,000 works of art, ranging from a classical "golden series" of works by PabloPicasso, Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse, to works by key contemporary artists such as Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and Mark Boyle. In addition to these, HOK's new exhibition will allow the public to become acquainted with artists such as Viktor Vasarely, Al Hansen,Arnold Haukeland, Jean Dubuffet, Asger Jorn, Juan Gris and Lene Berg.

We have selected around 100 works by 50 artists from HOK's "treasure chest" which will highlight unique aspects of the collection and its development. The exhibition invites visitors on a journey through history, where different works interact with each other across genres and decades and present humorous, evocative and dramatic constellations, concludes Hansen.

HOK is a leading venue for 20th century and contemporary art, as well as experimental sound works. The Art Centre is located in a large sculpture park by the fjord, about 15 minutes drive from Oslo.

On 24th November, the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) opened a new exhibition featuring works from its own core collection. Visitors will encounter different thematic narratives and unusual constellations of artworks. The exhibition will be on show throughout the whole of 2016.

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Blockbuster international exhibition is rewriting art history

Press Releases   •   Sep 24, 2015 13:42 BST

With the exhibition Hilma af Klint – A Pioneer of Abstraction, an international success seen by over one million people comes to Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) at Høvikodden.

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HOK is a leading venue for 20th century and contemporary art, as well as music and experimental sound works. The Art Centre is located in a large sculpture park by the fjord, about 15 minutes drive from Oslo, Norway.

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