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Brainstorm - the big neon installation at Deichman Bjørvika by artist Lars Ø Ramberg
Brainstorm - the big neon installation at Deichman Bjørvika by artist Lars Ø Ramberg

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​Art in Deichman Bjørvika: Lars Ø Ramberg

Deichman Bjørvika opens finally on 18 June 2020. Designed by Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem, Oslo’s new main public library enjoys a stunning location, right by the opera on the waterfront. Here you will find a new artworks by Lars Ø Ramberg indoor. 


Brainstorm (neon installation, Lars Ø Ramberg, Norway) 

Vernissage on 17 june at 10 pm.

Brainstorm is a site-specific installation inside Deichman Bjørvika, Oslo’s new main public library. It consists of 400 meters of hand-crafted neon tubes in white and yellow glass that seem to coincide at random and are interconnected - a seemingly beautiful chaos that changes shape as one moves around the building. The artwork, which hangs centrally in the library, between the ceiling and the floor, visualizes connections between people, between thoughts, between places and between cultures. Light and information. Cables and neurons. Communication. Information. Themes reflecting what the library of the future is about.

Lars Ø. Ramberg (born 1964 in Oslo) is one of Norway’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, best known for large-scale public installations such as Liberté (three public toilets painted blue, white and red) in Oslo and Palast des Zweifels (the Palace of Doubt) in Berlin. His work has been shown around the world, including at the Venezia and São Paulo biennales. Ramberg is represented in many public collections and museums.More about Lars Ramberg here: www.studioramberg.net

Did you know?

  • Neon production is a demanding craft. It takes seven years to learn.
  • 1.8km of cables in Ramberg's ‘Brainstorm’ disappear into the library roof and meet in the floor above in a separate room where they receive power from 75 high voltage transformers. These convert 220 volts AC to high voltage DC of 8000 volts. The voltage produces a stream of electrons that affect the atoms of the neon gas and release energy so that it starts to glow
  • Brainstorm will  be part of the City of Oslo’s art collection.

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The Agency for Cultural Affairs (Kulturetaten) ensures quality, diversity and development in cultural offerings in Oslo. The Agency also recommends candidates for grants and scholarships for various projects aiming to promote art, culture and media in the city. The Agency is also responsible for the City of Oslo’s art programme, the City Archives, Oslo Culture School, the Pop Centre, the Vigeland Museum, the sculptures in the Vigeland Park, Oslo Culture Night, Oslo biennalen, summer camps, cultural properties, the Events Office (arrangementskontoret), and more.

Stein Slyngstad has been director since 2018.

Deichman is the agency for the public libraries in the city of Oslo. Founded in 1785, it consists of 22 branches all over Oslo and is Norway's largest and oldest public library. A Deichman library is a haven for you, no matter who you are; where you can read, work, relax, meet friends, or just be alone. You can borrow from our collection of over a million books, movies, CDs and other material. There is free wireless internet, and free access to computers and workshop tools. All you pay for is the paper and materials used when you print or copy. Our libraries are meeting places where you can experience or arrange everything from concerts and cartoon festivals to language courses and political debates. Deichman wants to contribute to a society where everyone has a sense of belonging, ownership and commitment – towards both the community and their own lives. No matter why you come here, you will leave with something.

Munchmuseet is one of Norway’s leading cultural institutions, which is dedicated to the life and works of Edvard Munch, Norway’s most important modern artist. The museum houses the largest collection of artworks by Munch in the world and was originally founded in Oslo in 1963 on what would have been Munch’s 100th birthday. The museum’s collection consists of well over half of the artist’s entire body of work, which Munch bequeathed to the city of Oslo, with over 28,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Munchmuseet also manages collections donated by Rolf Stenersen, Amaldus Nielsen and Ludvig Ravensberg. In 2014, Munchmuseet commenced work on a new museum building in Bjørvika on Oslo’s waterfront. The brand-new building, designed by Estudio Herreros, will trace the artist’s profound influence both on modern art and on artists through to the present day. The tailor-made structure will allow for a more extensive presentation of iconic works from the renowned permanent Munch collection, alongside temporary exhibitions featuring leading contemporary artists.

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