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Henie Onstad Kunstsenter presents programme 2023

2023 Program

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter presents the 2023 exhibition and music programme.

Chagall: World in Turmoil 
March 17–June 18, 2023 

The show focuses on a lesser-known facet of Marc Chagall’s (1887-1985) technique, specifically his works from the 1930s and 1940s, in which the artist’s vibrant palette darkens. The Jewish painter’s life and work were profoundly influenced by National Socialism’s artistic agenda and the Holocaust. Chagall’s work progressively probed the violent anti-Semitism prevalent in Europe throughout the early 1930s, and he eventually immigrated to the United States in 1941. His works during this time period address important and timely issues such as identity, homeland, and exile.

The exhibition is organised by Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in cooperation with Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. 

The exhibition is curated by Caroline Ugelstad and Ilka Voermann. 

New Visions: The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography and New Media 
April 14–September 17, 2023 

The second edition of New Visions – The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography and New Media is presented by Henie Onstad. The triennial tracks experimental practices in contemporary photography and new media, and the second edition focuses on artists and processes from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. The triennial comprises seven new commissions in sculpture, textile, colossal wall, and video installations. The key themes investigated include energy production and distribution, the extraction of natural and man-made resources, and the environmental, social, and political implications of these endeavors.

Artists in the exhibition: Haig Aivazian, Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Monira Al Qadiri, Farah Al Qasimi, Neïl Beloufa, Myriam Boulos, Marat Dilman, Anna Ehrenstein, Anna Engelhardt and Mark Cinkevich, Köken Ergun, Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze and Tekla Aslanishvili, Dilyara Kaipova, Seif Kousmate, Basim Magdy, Almagul Menlibayeva, Kristina Õllek, Emilija Skarnulyte, Lesia Vasylchenko, and Istvan Virag. 

The exhibition is curated by Inga Lāce, Reem Shadid and Susanne Østby Sæther.  

Per Barclay: Vortex 
August 18, 2023–TBA

Per Barclay (b. 1955) is the subject of a solo show featuring representative works from his 40-year artistic career. Barclay’s approach includes photography, sculpture, and installation, as well as the usage of stone, steel, aluminum, glass, water, and waste oil. Numerous pieces in the survey exhibition place Barclay within the framework of the Arte Povera movement, and many have inspired the work of several generations of Norwegian artists.

The exhibition is curated by Ana María Bresciani.

Magdalena AbakanowiczEvery Tangle of Thread and Rope 
October 27, 2023–February 25, 2024 

Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930-2017), a Polish artist, made radical sculptures out of woven fiber in the 1960s and 1970s. They were soft, ambiguous, organic, towering works hung from the ceiling that were groundbreaking in that they pioneered a new style of installation. The works were later dubbed Abakans. The show offers a unique opportunity to examine these exceptional works through the lens of several of the most important Abakans. In the 1960s and 1970s, Abakanowicz had a great influence on Norwegian textile artists, thanks in part to Henie Onstad’s extensive presentation Magdalena Abakanowicz: Organic Structures in 1977.

The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Henie Onstad and the Fondation Toms Pauli at Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne/Plateforme 10. 

The exhibition is curated by Ann Coxon, Mary Jane Jacob, and Caroline Ugelstad. 

Young Photographers 
June 9–September 10, 2023

Henie Onstad created the annual mentor-driven program Young Photographers. The program began in 2019, and Henie Onstad is pleased to exhibit the work of the fourth cohort of carefully chosen participants.

The exhibition is curated by Susanne Østby Sæther.

Flux! Merz! Pop! 
New installation from April 27, 2023 

The show honors German avant-garde artist Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948), as well as his colleagues and successors. Schwitters was a unique and diverse artist of the first part of the twentieth century. His artistic techniques and strategies impacted subsequent generations of avant-garde artists. The exhibition includes pieces from the collection of The Savings Bank Foundation DNB as well as material from the Henie Onstad Collection and archive.

The exhibition is curated by Caroline Ugelstad.

Music at Henie Onstad 

Henie Onstad will offer several world premieres as part of its music program in 2023, as is customary. One of these is an audiovisual commission by Georgian composer Mariam Gviniashvili for New Visions. Another highlight is Tyondai Braxton, an American composer, experimental rock musician, and sonic explorer who will make a rare appearance at the art center in March.

The music programme is curated by Svein Terje Torvik. 

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