Vestlandsutstillingen (The Westland exhibition) is a touring exhibition since 1922. It is an annual Open Call for artists that holds a connection to Western Norway. The mission is to reflect
Vestlandsutstillingen (The Westland exhibition) is a touring exhibition since 1922. It is an annual Open Call for artists that holds a connection to Western Norway. The mission is to reflect todays art scene from a local perspective. Originally juried by artists it has since 1998 been annually appointed a curator.
Ananda Serné, Catalina Aguilera, Eli Maria Lundgaard, Hans-Marius Pilskog Giske, Inga S. Søreide, Jan Kåre Ruud, Matias Kiil, Marit Silsand, Sofia Heinonen, Sofia Eliasson, Steinar Haga Kristensen, Thor Tao, Tore Winsents, Urd Pedersen, Vilde Salhus Røed
Vestlandsutstillingen 2020 explores the quintessential ‘Norwegian’ in relation to the quintessential ‘international’ in contemporary art. The Norwegian west coastal landscape is inherently vibrant, with a heavy association to the era of national romanticism, which is visible to the area’s artists at all times and thus inevitable.
Curator Elise By Olsen takes interest in how the landscape and its history sculpts art to this day. Simultaneously, we’re living in a time where participating in artistic discourse outside of one’s local existence is possible. In the wake of a digital revolution, which is free from the mental and physical boundaries of time and space; is it possible to rethink and recontextualize national romanticism today? As a response the curator has selected artists who still engage in close dialogue with their surroundings – through organic processes, time-consuming methods and solid materials. Vestlandsutstillingen 2020 rejects expectations of curatorial unity and geographical affiliation in favour of spontaneous, and surprisingly analogue, tensions between materials, works and the audience.
Geir Sundstøl - guitars Erland Dahlen - drums. percussion Geir Sundstøl and Erland Dahlen are some of the most established musicians in Norway. Dahlen/Sundstøl have toured mored than 30 counties and contributed to
Geir Sundstøl – guitars
Erland Dahlen – drums. percussion
Geir Sundstøl and Erland Dahlen are some of the most established musicians in Norway. Dahlen/Sundstøl have toured mored than 30 counties and contributed to about 450 Norwegian and intrenational recordings.
They have been part of performances with artists such as Madrugada, Odd Nordstoga, Anja Garbarek, Ane Brun, Arve Henriksen, Anne Grete Preus, Susanna Wallumrød, Stein Torleif Bjella, Sivert Høyem, Marit Larsen and a-ha to mention a few.
Kjetil A. Mulelid – piano Bjørn Marius Hegge – kontrabass Andreas Winther – trommer
Kjetil A. Mulelid – piano
Bjørn Marius Hegge – kontrabass
Andreas Winther – trommer
Norwegian folk music meets americana, with a hint of psalm music – this is the successful recipe of Sudan Dudan. The award-winning duo (sometimes described as the Norwegian equivalent of
Norwegian folk music meets americana, with a hint of psalm music – this is the successful recipe of Sudan Dudan. The award-winning duo (sometimes described as the Norwegian equivalent of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings) just released a new album, recorded in a small church in the mountains of Telemark – an area of rich musical heritage in southern Norway.
Can you exhibit mass-produced objects and unique works of art in one and the same exhibition? The travelling exhibition Visual neighbourhoods is intended to offer a sideways look at the National
Can you exhibit mass-produced objects and unique works of art in one and the same exhibition?
The travelling exhibition Visual neighbourhoods is intended to offer a sideways look at the National Museum’s collection by highlighting unexpected similarities between art, design and architecture.
To illustrate these similarities, we have hung different genres on the following thematic pegs.
Art and war
Museums all over the world are home to antique stone sculptures that are missing noses, ears and more noble protrusions. Some have been
destroyed by the ravages of time, but many have also been disfigured by conquerors, as is the case with two of the National Museum’s marble
statues, one from the tenth century and one from1942.
Per Kleiva’s silkscreen print from 1971 depicting a swarm of US army helicopters has become a Norwegian icon from resistance to the Vietnam
The anonymous street artist Banksy painted his iconic Happy Choppers as a comment on UK involvement in the war in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2003. And that’s why Per Kleiva’s graphic print from the collection is hanging on a wall papered with Banksy’s motif.
Art and consumption
Norwegian artist Per Krohg produced an advertising poster for the brewery Schous Bryggeri around 1917 featuring a caricatured portrayal of a happily inebriated man. The ceramist Ingrid Askeland’s over-dimensional sixpack of beer bottles from 2005 tells a similarly caricatured story from the artist’s own night-life experiences.
The share-listing display case in Art-Nouveau style from the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900 was gifted to the Norwegian Museum of Decorative
Arts and Design by the Oslo Stock Exchange in 1958. The same style was also an important source of inspiration for art and design in the 1960s, as
reflected, for example, in John Alcorn’s advertising motif featuring a sunrise for 7UP. Japonism’s influence on western art is demonstrated through
Totoya Hokkei’s coloured woodcut of a sunrise over the ocean, mounted under the glass lid of the
Art-Nouveau display case.
Art and Kingdom
Conceptions of Norwegian national identity are a recurring theme in the National Museum, but what does an institution’s collection say about its actual
status? In 1982 pop-artist Andy Warhol painted a portrait of Queen Sonja of Norway when she visited the artist’s studio in New York. The fact that
the portrait was accepted as a gift by the museum in 1988 presumably reflects the elevated status of both artist and subject. The “royal decorative
dishes” that adorned many Norwegian homes in the post-war years, on the other hand, have never found their way into the National Museum.
Fishing and oil production have been the cornerstone of Norway’s economy for many years. Oil or Fish? was the title of Terje Roalkvam’s trenchant poster produced for the environmental group Nature and Youth in 1977. Where today the latter still appears to be the poor relation.
There is also a long way between Hans Gude’s romantic portrayal of a net fisherman in Rügen in 1862 and the relentless grind of life in industrial fishing
fleets documented one hundred years later by Kåre Kivijärvi. Nonetheless, they belong in the same visual neighbourhood.
October 31 (Saturday) 00:00 - January 17 (Sunday) 00:00