18th November 2017-21st January 2018
Opening Friday 17th November 7pm
Kunsthall Oslo is very pleased to invite you to the alternate reality of The Oslo Museum of Contemporary Art. Come and see, for a short time only! fantastic artworks – sculpture, paintings, drawings, photographs, film, performance – by a hundred artists who have lived or worked in the city of Oslo over the past fifty years, but who are not represented in the collection of Norway’s National Museum. The show offers an overview of the currently vibrant Oslo art scene, as well as a salute to the many venues and platforms that have contributed to the diverse, experimental and international history of art in Oslo over the last half century.
Of course, the Oslo Museum of Contemporary Art does not exist. Should it be built? In Oslo, there exist several major collections of contemporary art available to the public, but is there a history that these institutions have not represented? How might that history be recorded? Or should artists not care about museums? Could it be that, as Robert Smithson wrote, the function of the curator is to separate art from the rest of society, to work against the artist’s intentions. “Could it be that art exhibitions have become metaphysical junkyards?”
Is this a real museum?
No, it’s not a real museum. Real museums have permanent collections, financial resources, ideological missions, teams of curators and conservators, and vast exhibition spaces. We have none of those things. This is a sketch of an imaginary institution, a starting point from which to think about how art history is made, what collections are for and who makes them, or the difference between a city and a nation. It’s also a pretext to bring together a super-dense concentration of great artworks.
Why this exhibition now?
The Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art recently closed its doors, as it prepares to reopen in the new National Museum building currently under construction at Vika. We imagine that, like us, you are missing the presence of one of Oslo’s key venues for contemporary art.
Can I buy the artworks in the show?
Very likely. Many of these works are for sale. Maybe you would like to buy them all, take care of them, and begin to build The Oslo Museum of Contemporary Art?
How did you select the artists in the exhibition?
Like any collection, this one is somewhat arbitrary, and definitively incomplete – due to the restrictions of time, space and resources we are only able to assemble a tiny fraction of the artists and works we would wish to represent.
Artists in the show:
Dans for voksne
Laura Oldfield Ford
Marthe Ramm Fortun
Ida Madsen Følling
Tatjana Lars Kristian Gulbrandsen
Morten Norbye Halvorsen
Henrik Plenge Jakobsen
Julio Le Parc
Tonje Alice Madsen
Sandra Vaka Olsen
Jon Benjamin Tallerås
Jorunn Hancke Øgstad
Lene Baadsvig Ørmen