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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.

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​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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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In Search of Matisse opens the fall season at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

Press Releases   •   Sep 01, 2015 09:22 BST

Famous artworks by Pablo Picasso, Pierre Bonnard, and Henri Matisse are juxtaposed with new work from such contemporary artists as Michael Rakowitz, Céline Condorelli, Dag Erik Elgin, Marianne Heier, and Matts Leiderstam when Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) launches its fall exhibition season with In Search of Matisse on September 10th.

– “The subject of this exhibition is how cultural objects change hands, circulation and movement in time and space, and it brings together entirely new works and works from the art center’s abundant permanent collection,” says director Tone Hansen.


‒ “This exhibition attempts, among other things, to expound the consequences both historic and contemporary looting of artworks and cultural heritage have on the obliteration of cultural existence. In Search of Matisse also explores of the relationship between acts of aggression and identity, art history, and the power and politics associated with the ownership of things”, says HOK’s director Tone Hansen.

The idea for the exhibition evolved from and is a result of a letter and a telephone call HOK received in June 2012. The letter and telephone conversation were the impetus for a research project investigating the ownership history of artworks and cultural objects at the art center, a research project that extended over more than three years and now culminates with In Search of Matisse.

‒ “The exhibition has obvious historical references to the looting and confiscation perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II, but shows that similar acts are still occurring today as well, for example the looting and destruction of Palmyra in Syria. With this exhibition, we want to put the focus on the history of objects at a time when we are facing the greatest refugee catastrophe since World War II—and likewise have not seen such destruction of cultural monuments since that time”, Tone Hansen explains.

The Matisse case

The letter and phone conversation that started it all at HOK came from the heirs of the Jewish art collector, Paul Rosenberg, via the organization Art Loss Register (ALR) and stated that the painting, “Profil bleu devant la cheminée” (the Norwegian title is “Blå kjole i okergul lenestol”, and in English, “Blue Dress in a Yellow Armchair”) from 1937 by the French painter Henri Matisse, had been confiscated by the Nazis from Rosenberg’s storage vault when France was invaded during World War II, and that the painting had been missing ever since.

– “Working together with the claimants, HOK spent two years scouring public and private archives in the US and France, piecing together the painting’s movements over time. HOK returned the painting to the Rosenberg family in 2014, roughly two years after the initial enquiry. Nearly 60 years after the work first became a part of Henie Onstad’s collection, it was once again put back into circulation”, relates Tone Hansen.

Pioneering work

–“The Matisse matter led to a nearly three-year-long research project where we have examined the provenance of all 19 works in the art center’s collection that were created prior to 1945. The meticulous detective work has been done to insure that these artworks have changed hands in lawful and honest ways”, says curator Ana María Bresciani, who along with Tone Hansen is responsible for the exhibition.

In Search of Matisse is the first research project in Norway that takes a look at the relationship between looting and the way the art market has functioned both during and after the World War II.

Masterworks paired with new works

–“This exhibition gives the audience a unique opportunity to see a golden line-up, the 19 works whose provenance has been investigated, together with the results of our research. The exhibition thematizes these important and popular works in a new way, focusing on their historical migration from hand to hand”, says Tone Hansen.

–“Artworks are circulated all the time, and World War II is unfortunately not an isolated occurrence when it comes to the looting of cultural objects and destruction of cultural heritage, and artworks circulate through the market via donations and gifts. Therefore HOK has also invited contemporary artists to develop new work for the exhibition”, Hansen elaborates.

Céline Condorelli, Dag Erik Elgin, Marianne Heier, Matts Leiderstam, and Michael Rakowitz have all been invited to create new works to be shown in this exhibition. In addition, historic works by the contemporary artists Hans Haacke, Hito Steyerl, Mounira Al Solh, and Ulay will be on display as well.

The exhibition also features works from Henie Onstad’s collection by Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Estève, Juan Gris, Paul Klee, Charles Lapicque, Fernand Lèger, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Jacques Villon. Every one of the 19 works that were the subject of HOK’s provenance research in the three-year project will be presented along with the information uncovered about the works.

New insight and a broader perspective

– “The show In Search of Matisse widens the conventional view of provenance research to include consideration of an artwork’s social context—that is to say, a broader analysis of the social and societal frameworks the art has moved through, and what consequences today’s looting has for the obliteration of cultural existence. The investigation and the knowledge gained through the work with this case has also inspired a discussion of the role of the museum in contemporary society, and our hope is that the exhibition will also generate new insight into the challenges faced by museums today, both in relation to our era’s major refugee crises and wars, and in relation to history”, Tone Hansen concludes.

What is provenance?

The literal meaning of the word provenance is origin—from the French provenir, meaning to come or originate from. With respect to art, provenance means the history of a work’s ownership, and its record serves to confirm the work’s authenticity. When one traces the ownership of a work, one identifies the various ways transactions and transfers have occurred, either by sale, gift, trade, inheritance, or other means.

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Title:In Search of Matisse

Opening:September 10, 2015

Duration:September 11 – December 13, 2015

Curators:Tone Hansen and Ana María Bresciani

Seminar:

A seminar entitled Looters, Smugglers, and Collectors: Provenance Research and the Art Market will be held on October 29th and 30th. The subject of the seminar is provenance research and market functions, the circulation of things, and the consequences looting has on art. The seminar will be conducted in English.

In connection with the seminar, Michael Rackowitz will present and serve his performance dinner Enemy Kitchen.

For more information and to register for the seminar, please go to hok.no

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.

Looting of cultural heritage and artworks is addressed in exhibition Famous artworks by Pablo Picasso, Pierre Bonnard, and Henri Matisse are juxtaposed with new work from such contemporary artists as Michael Rakowitz, Céline Condorelli, Dag Erik Elgin, Marianne Heier, and Matts Leiderstam when Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) launches its fall exhibition season with In Search of Matisse.

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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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