On Thursday Nov 5 at 18h the large group show Avtrykk. Tresnitt fra fem århundrer (Impressions. Five centuries of woodcuts) opens at the National Gallery in Oslo. The exhibition will showcase the woodcut and its many functions and stylistic possibilities. With varying degrees of popularity, the age-old woodcut technique has been in use since the sixteenth century, and there seems recently to be a renewed interest in this art form.
The exhibition, which is primarily based on the museum’s own holdings, focuses on the functions and stylistic possibilities allowed by the woodcut. The thematic division indicates above all how both material and technique have influenced the artists’ visual styles.
Iconic works by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Hiroshige, Hokusai, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde and many more, are being shown along a selection of the museums' collection of work by contemporary artists, among them Down there by Mattias Härenstam. Next to Down there (acquired by the museum in 2014), a new version of Fear of failure also will be presented. The show will be up until Jan 24 2016. More at the museum web page.
Curator Maria Veie Sandvik has put together a two-part show titled "T MROM" for Sandefjord and Larvik Fine Art Societies in southern Norway. The first part opens on Sat May 9th, 14.00 at Sandefjord Kunstforening and the second part at Larvik Kunstforening two weeks later - Sat May 23rd, 14.00. Mattias Härenstam will show Closed Circuit in Sandefjord and a selection from the series of wood cut prints in Larvik. Other participating artists are Joakim Blattmann, Iselin Linstad Hauge, Christina Leithe H., Marianne Heier (performance), Tanja Koljonen, Ignas Krunglevicius, Rikke Lundgreen, Anders Sletvold Moe, Marit Roland, Andreas Tellefsen, Aiko Tezuka and Sam Smith. In Sandefjord the show stays open until June 7th and in Larvik until June 21st. More here.
Curator Louise Marlborough has picked Closed Circuit (In the middle of Sweden) as one of the contributions for Sunday Screenings No. 6 - Direction of travel, Sunday, 31st May 2015 at 5:00pm. Also works by Victor Carrey, Francesc Coves, Nada Harfoush, Martin Healy, Ryan Jay, Gian Pablo Villamil and Alice May Williams will part of the screening program at Cara Cosmic Coffee, 237, Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JN London. More info at Sunday Screenings.
Oslo based artist Rachel Dagnall has curated and produced the exhibition Spring Depot for Tenthaus Oslo. The exhibition is developed around a framework of shelving units, originally an artwork by Stefan Schröder. These shelving units will now be installed at the artist run space Tenthaus, transforming the entire gallery into an archival storage depot with smaller work from a large group of mainly Oslo-based artists.
Mattias Härenstam will show sketches and maquettes for sculptures. Other artists in the show: Siri Austeen, Vanessa Baird, Johan Urban Bergquist, Vanna Bowles, Åsil Bøthun, Sara Christensen, Anna Daniell, Marius Engh, Cassius Fadlabi, Hanne Friis, Ane Graff, Steinar Haga Kristensen, Jon Gundersen, Gisle Harr, Aksel Høgenhaug, Ignas Krunglevicius, Janne Kruse, Lotte Konow Lund, Ingrid Lønningdal, Eline Mugaas, Terje Nicolaisen, Runa Nymoen Sandnes, Andreas Siqueland, Maria Sundby, Greg Pope, Linn Cecilie Ulvin, Kjell Varvin, Petrine Lillevold Vinje, Mikkel Wettre.
Opening on Friday April 17th and the show stays up until May 16th. More info at Tenthaus
Mattias Härenstam will take part in this years edition of Oslo Open, taking place Saturday 18 and Sunday April 19. His studio on the 1st floor at Atelierhuset Trafo, Hovinveien 1 in Tøyen Oslo will be open for the public from 12.00 to 18.00 both days. Closest bus stop is Ensjøveien (bus 60) or Munchmuseet (bus 20). Also accessable with the subway to Tøyen station and a short walk up the hill through the park.
Oslo Open is an artist-run festival where artists in Oslo open their studio doors to the general public. 350 artists are participating in this year’s Oslo Open. More info at Oslo Open.
Mattias Härenstam is this years´ Soddjazz Festival exhibitor at Nils Aas Kunstverksted in Inderøy, Northern Norway. Nils Aas Kunstverksted is a public gallery commited to the work of one of Norways´most important sculptors, Nils Aas (1933 –2004), and is situated at his birth place at Straumen, Inderøy. Today the gallery has a permanent collection of his works, but also shows varying exhibitions mainly focusing on sculpture.
Härenstam will show the series of sculptures titled Sketches for a re-animation and the entire series of wood cut prints. The show opens on Sat March 21 at 13.00 and will be up until May 16. More at Nils Aas Kunstverksted.
A group show on the theme "death, mourning and melancholy" opens at Galerie am Körnerpark in Berlin on Fri Jan 30th 2015. The show, titled "Existus", presents work by Tor Børresen (NO), Peter Brandt (DK), Sands Murray-Wassink (US/NL), Thomas Henriksson (SE/DE), Jannicke Låker (NO/DE), Sverre Malling (NO), Claudia Reinhardt (DE), Ursula Reuter Christiansen (DE/DK), Jo Spence (GB), Per Teljer (SE/DE) and Mattias Härenstam. Mattias Härenstam will be showing Reconstruction. The show stays open until April 19th. Galerie am Körnerpark, Schierker Strasse 8, 12051 Berlin. Opening hours Tue - Sun 10 - 20.
Within the framework of the exhibition Back to Berlin at Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Amir Fattal and Stephan Koehler has curated a show within the show titled "Letter from Mr. Faustus". The theme of the show is artists based in Germany dealing with German literary works. It includes works by, among others Ming Wong, John Bock, Andy Graydon etc, and also Hundekälte (Nächstes Jahr wirds noch kälter) by Mattias Härenstam. The show opens on Sep 20 at 20.00 and stays open until Jan 17 next year. More info at Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art.