January 14, 2009 - Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art - Rotating Views # 1
January 14, 2009

Rotating Views # 1

Allora & Calzadilla
Clamor, 2006
Mixed media sculpture, 7 live musicians, 40 min pre-recorded audio
31 x 25 x 10 feet

Rotating Views # 1
Astrup Fearnley Collection

17.01 – 22.03.09

Dronningens gate 4

Oslo, Norway

tel: +47 22 93 60 60

info [​at​] fearnleys.no


The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art houses an exceptional collection of international contemporary art. The collection is vast and expanding, and it can best be described as a carefully selected cluster of major works by leading international contemporary artists.

Over the next two years, visitors are offered a chance to see works from the collection in a new light. This long-term engagement presents a potpourri of artists, stylistic genres and complex social, political and aesthetic themes.

The concept of rotation enables us to work with the collection as a whole but not at the same time. It presents a way to create constellations of works ‘on the move’, and facilitates surprising and unique assemblages of art across a large, diverse conceptual and thematic spectrum.

Rotating the works introduces the notion of a broken linearity, as works from several decades and different political and cultural contexts are shown together. It also allows for an atypical geographical order as ‘Western’ artists share the space with ‘Eastern’ artists. Rotation, in this way, highlights the ‘alphabetical’, artist-based nature of the Astrup Fearnley Collection, emphasising individual artists rather than an abstract chronological or historical framework.

Rotation allows for a multitude of possibilities, and it generates new readings and experiences of particular objects and creates ‘inter-work’ relationships, which may even reveal hidden and mysterious coalitions and affiliations.

Artists included in the exhibition are: Allora &Calzadilla, Matthew Barney, Frank Benson, Cao Fei, Paul Chan, Chu Yun, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Olafur Eliasson, Gilbert & George, Douglas Gordon, Shilpa Gupta, Guyton \Walker, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Liu Wei, Bjarne Melgaard, Shintaro Miyake, Adam Putnam, Yang Fudong.

Education and public contact is important at the Astrup Fearnley Museum, and we seek to further develop ourselves in this field. The museum has offered free admission since 2004, and we are now in a process of strengthening the contact with our audience. We introduce a new Museum Lounge and Art Club, where personal membership includes free catalogues for current exhibitions, newsletters, reduced prices on earlier publications and invitations to openings as well as other events.

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