Scan Magazine | Issue 76 | May 2015

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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Art in Norway

Top Right: Svein Rønning, Morning Sun, 1973, 45x59 cm Photo Svein Rønning Bottom Right: Morten Krogh, no50, 1965, collage paa lerret, 81x112cm

POP Art Design at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter This summer it’s time to bring back old Pop Art heroes, including Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha and Norwegian Morten Krogh. Henie Onstad Kunstsenter is showcasing some of the most interesting works within the Pop genre in their two exhibitions, POP Art Design and POP ETC., opening this June.

band Niels Onstad donated their art collections in 1968, laying the grounds for what is now known as Norway’s leading venue for Norwegian and international contemporary art.

By Helene Toftner

You have probably seen the iconic paintings and soup can installations by Andy Warhol, with striking colours and a mix of traditional and new techniques. This is probably what springs to most people’s minds when describing Pop Art, an art movement born in the 1950s as a rebellious response to the existing norms within the arts. This summer you can experience some of the most interesting pieces from the epoch at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. The POP Art Design exhibition opens its doors on 4 June and explores connections between art and design through hundreds of works by the likes of Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Charles & Ray

Eames. The exhibit has successfully toured Europe and will be at the centre until 6 September. The other exhibition, POP ETC., focuses on the influence of Pop Art on Norwegian painters, cartoonists and graphic designers between 1964 to 1974, including works by Per Kleiva and Ørnulf Opdahl. "This was when the Norwegians truly opened their eyes to American pop culture," director Tove Hansen says. The exhibition runs from 4 June to 16 August. It is difficult talking about the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter without mentioning its history. Known as the Queen of Ice, the figure skater Sonja Henie and her hus-

While the various contemporary art exhibitions are at the heart, the centre is beautifully located on the seafront just a 15-minute drive from Oslo. Visitors can enjoy the sculpture park, as well as recreational activities at the surrounding beach and forests, before rounding off the visit with a meal at the highly-acclaimed restaurant Bølgen & Moi. “We aimed for the centre to be a destination, with special emphasis on the relationship between art, sound, performance and the historical avant-garde,” Hansen says.

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