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.