Prism: Drawing from 1990 to 2012

Prism: Drawing from 1990 to 2012

National Museum of Norway

Ane Mette Hol, “Untitled (Reversed Drawing #4),”

February 24, 2012

Prism: Drawing from 1990 to 2012
2 March–5 August 2012

Thursday 1 March, 18.00

Bankplassen 4, Oslo
Tue, Wed, Fri 11–17
Thu 11–19
Sat, Sun 12–17


Drawing works from the museum’s collection are complimented with loans from private and institutional collections in Norway and internationally. The exhibition brings together close to 400 individual works by 37 artists.

Drawing, as an expanded field in art practice, harbours techniques and methodologies that both broaden and question notions of what constitutes a drawing today. Post-modern discourses often mention the demise of painting but they remain silent about “the death of drawing.” As the oldest and most direct means of image creation, drawing has remained a primary tool for the immediate communication of ideas and its resilience has seen a resurgence of drawing in many recent museum exhibitions. Over the past two decades, drawing has diversified to such a degree that the general term ‘drawing’ can include almost any creative act. Prism focuses on drawing’s autonomy and expansion into areas of art production that are off the wall and out of the frame—site specific, performative and conceptual. It is not a survey of recent drawings but it seeks to function like a glass prism, that separates visible light into its colour spectrum, and reveals some of the constituent parts of contemporary drawing practice. It offers visitors insight to the diversity of contemporary drawing and to its potential as a medium for the art of tomorrow. Emphasis is given to public participation in the making and interpretation of drawing through drawing workshops and seminars. Throughout the exhibition the audience will be invited to submit their own drawings, which will be shown in the Drawing Room.

Concurrent program:
Friday, 30 Mars, 12–15
Contemporary drawing in a historical perspective
With senior researcher Sidsel Helliesen and artist  Lotte Konow Lund
Please register at:

Saturday, 28 April 12–16
Drawing Workshop: This workshop is an invitation to the museum’s audience to discover the possibilities of drawing through participation.

Friday, 4 May 11–17
Seminar: “Contemporary Drawing”
With artists Lotte Konow Lund and Ian McKeever, amongst others
Please register at: info [​at​]

The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual and illustrated catalogue with essays by author John Berger and curator Gavin Jantjes.

Artists included:
Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Vanessa Baird, Markus Brendmoe, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Carlos Capelán, Tony Cragg, Mariana Castillo Deball, Dag Erik Elgin, Roar Werner Eriksen, Bertil Greging, Jan Groth, Kalle Grude, Wenche Gulbransen, Ane Mette Hol, Patrik Huse, Zhang Chun Hong, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Richard Long, Lotte Konow Lund, Pierre Lionel Matte, Ian McKeever, Hans Hamid Rasmussen, Robin Rhode, Leonard Rickhard, Nancy Rubins, Hanns Schimansky, Tiril Schrøder, Penny Siopis, Øyvind Torseter, Karin M. Valum, Kjell Varvin, Jorinde Voigt og Ryszard Warsinski.

For images and further information please view or contact Marthe Tveitan at

This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of Fritt Ord and Norsk Illustrasjonsfond.

*Image above:
Lautom Contemporary, courtesy of the artist.

Prism: Drawing from 1990 to 2012 at National Museum of Norway – Museum of Contemporary Art
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