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POP Summer at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

Press release   •   May 27, 2015 10:26 BST

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) invites you to a grand art and design adventure, with the largest assembly of Pop Art in Norway to date.

- We are pleased to kick off the summer season with a wonderful journey through Pop Art and design’s shared world, says HOK’s director, Tone Hansen.


Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, 5 June – 6 September 2015

POP Art Design will be on display in ”Storsalen” from 5 June through 6 September 2015.

POP ETC. will be on display in ”Prismasalene” from 5 June through 16 August 2015.

Press preview: Thursday, 4 June, 10:00 am

Official opening: Thursday, 4 June, 7:00 pm


POP Summer at HOK consists of two parts: POP Art Design and POP ETC. The former features more than 50 artworks and 80 design objects on loan from several international museums as well as works by Andy Warhol and others from HOK’s own collection. Expect a spectacular dialogue between legendary artworks and design icons. POP ETC. is HOK’s own exploration of Pop Art’s early impact on Norwegian art and graphic design presented via close to 150 works.

- This show demonstrates how Pop Art influenced all aspects of visual communication, and is a part of HOK’s multidisciplinary profile where we are exploring the relationship between art and society, says Hansen.

POP Art Design – an international success

POP Art Design has been shown in several other countries to great acclaim from both fine art and design-interested audiences. The exhibition features a number of key works by the most renowned Pop artists alongside icons of design from pioneers in the field.

- This exhibition affords you a unique opportunity to wander among familiar – and perhaps not so familiar – design icons, famous artworks, and objects you might not have pegged as part of the Pop movement, says Ana María Bresciani, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter’s project manager for this exhibition.

The POP Art Design exhibition illustrates the relationship between art and design from the 1950s through the early 1970s.

- It was during these years that Coke bottles and soup cans made their way from the shelves of the supermarket to the canvas, that hamburgers became sculptures, and chairs were fashioned from a pair of red lips. Pop Art was provocative in the way it appropriated easily recognizable imagery from daily life and blurring the borders between the real and the artificial, Bresciani elaborates.

With juxtapositions never seen before, this exhibition fosters new perspectives on Pop Art that illustrate the close repartee between art and design.

- Visitors can look forward to spectacular encounters between famous artworks and design icons, promises project manager Ana María Bresciani.

POP ETC. – Norwegian Pop Art 1964-1974

POP ETC. is HOK’s own exploration of Pop art’s early impact on Norwegian art and design. The exhibition surveys Pop’s influence on Norwegian visual artists, designers, film directors, and cartoonists through work that has rarely been on public view.

- The show’s point of departure is 1964, the year Norwegian artists came in contact with Pop via Louisiana Museum and Moderna Museet’s surveys of American Pop Art. These encounters inspired a great number of young Norwegian artists who quickly began to work within the context of Pop Art, says Thomas Flor, who is a co-curator of POP ETC. along with Lars Mørch Finborud.

The exhibition includes everything from LP covers, magazines, paperbacks, and comics to short films.

-Norwegian Pop Art displayed a new and different realism, in opposition to French abstraction’s dominance in the art world at the time. Norwegian Pop artists found inspiration not only in the glossy side of consumer culture but also in its seamier side and the gravity of international politics. All in order to depict a new reality, adds Lars Mørch Finborud.


Title: POP Art Design

Opening: 4 June 2015

Duration: 5 June – 6 September 2015

Curator: Mathias Schwartz-Clauss

Project manager, HOK: Ana María Bresciani

A catalogue accompanying the POP Art Design Exhibition, edited by Matteo Kries and

Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, includes essays by Diedrich Diederichsen, Brigitte Felderer, Steven Heller, Thomas Kellein, Bettina Korintenberg, Tobias Lander, Marco Livingstone, Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, and Dario Scodeller.

POP Art Design was initiated by Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, in collaboration with Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.


Title: POP ETC.

Opening: 4 June 2015

Duration: 5 June – 16 August 2015

Curators: Thomas Flor and Lars Mørch Finborud

This exibition’s catalogue is published by Orfeus Publishing and includes essays by Thomas Flor, Jan Erik Vold, and Lars Mørch Finborud. The book has been designed by Yokoland and contains over 150 photographs and illustrations.


Artists and designers featured in POP Art Design:

Eero Aarnio, Gunnar Aagaard Andersen, Valerio Adami, Richard Artschwager, Aldo Ballo, Saul Bass, Clive Barker, Achile & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, César, André Cazenave, Patrick Caulfield, Luigi Colani, Allan D’Arcangelo, Jim Dine, Charles & Ray Eames, Robert Fraser, Peter Blake and Michael Cooper, Alexander Girard, Milton Glaser, Richard Hamilton, Ken Heyman, Hertha Hilfon, Pontus Hultén, Robert Indiana, Alain Jacquet, Allen Jones, Jasper Jones, William Klein, Learning from Las Vegas Research Studio, Yonel Lébovici, Roy Lichtenstein, Roberto Lucci, Ulrich Mack, John McHale, Olivier Mourgue, George Nelson & Don Ervin, Claes Oldenburg, Verner Panton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Pierre Paulin, Gaetano Pesce, Marcello Pietrantoni, Paul Rand, Ed Ruscha, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Alison & Peter Smithson, Saul Steinberg, Ettore Sottsass, Olivier Mourgue, Gino Sarfatti, Studio 65, Studio DA (Cesare Casati, Emanuele Ponzio), Gruppo Strum (G. Ceretti, P. Derossi, R. Rosso), Superstudio, Massimo Vignelli, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and Lance Wyman.

Artists and designers featured in POP ETC.:

Per Kleiva, Marianne Heske, Kjartan Slettemark, Sidsel Paaske, Morten Krohg, Berit Soot Kløvig, Peter Haars, Ørnulf Opdahl, Inger Sitter, Bruno Oldani, Hans Jørgen Toming, Marius Heyerdahl, Arne Sørensen, Victor Lind, Cornelis Rijk van Ravens, Siri Aurdal, Willi Storn, Egil Røed, Per Helge Berrefjord, Jan Horne, Pål Bang-Hansen, Arild Kristo, Lars Grundt, Bjørn Roggenbihl, Jan Grimsrud, Robert Meyer, Johan Knoff, Jens Melsom, Anders Kjær, Erik Foseid, Bjørn Krogstad, Morten Juvet and Chris White.

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.

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