Henie Onstad Kunstsenter: Exhibition & Publications

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter: Exhibition & Publications

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

Left: HOK under construction mid-1960s, archival image, copyright HOK.
Right: Ann Cathrin November Høibo, “Untitled (Documentation is Everything),” 2011, mixed media, courtesy of the artist.
February 29, 2012
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter: Exhibition & Publications

Høvikodden, Norway


Founded in 1968, Henie Onstad Art Centre has a longstanding history of presenting works by international modern and contemporary artists, as well as producing new experimental, cross-disciplinary works of art with a focus on performance and music. 


Omer Fast
Feb 9–May 6
The exhibition provides a focused look at Omer Fast’s complex cinematic works 5000 Feet is the Best (2011) and Nostalgia (2009). In place of a catalog, HOK will publish an experimental reader in collaboration with The Power Plant, Toronto. Journalists, artists, and theorists with an interest in the moving image, storytelling and politics have been invited to respond to issues surrounding recent works by Fast. Publication edited by curators Milena Hoegsberg and Melanie O’Brian, design by NODE (forthcoming on Sternberg Press summer 2012).


Tony Conrad
March 3 & 4
The American artist Tony Conrad will visit HOK for two days of concerts, talks and screenings of his films. Since the early 60s, he has been an influential avant-garde artist, gaining notoriety for his work as experimental film-maker, musician, composer, and writer.


Ann Cathrin November Høibo
March 22–May 27
Following HOK’s long standing tradition of producing new works on site, the Norwegian artist Ann Cathrin November Høibo has been given a temporary studio in the museum, where she has been working on a site-sensitive work for a 750 square-meter gallery. Working with a tactile sensibility, the artist makes precise installations, which combine materials such as woven fabrics and prefab textiles with wood and metals, fusing craft with the industrially-made.


Ilya Kabakov
May 24–September 16
In collaboration with Sprengel Museum (Hannover), HOK presents the first retrospective painting exhibition by the important Russian artist Ilya Kabakov. Best known for his installations, the exhibition will explore Kabakov’s paintings as key to understanding his entire artistic oeuvre.


June 10–October 14
MoDERNISM MACHINE is a year-long research project by Professor Dag Erik Elgin and students Bjarne Bare, Mari Opsahl, and Henrik Mojord Jahnsen from the art academy in Oslo. Making HOK the object of study, the exhibition investigates the centre’s history and negotiates its status as a site of production, while generating new works & future material for its archive. A critical reader documenting and reflecting on the project—from inside, rather than from an abstract position of analytical distance—will accompany the exhibition.


Publications produced by HOK are available at HOK’s online store along with records released on the in-house record label Prisma Records. The label releases both archival recordings, such as John Cage in Norway, and new productions. Available on CD, vinyl and digital through iTunes and Spotify.


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