Meet Me Around the Corner - Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection
14 Jun - 31 Aug 2008
14.06 - 31.08.2008
Matthew Barney, Frank Benson, Mike Bouchet, Lizzi Bougatsos, Paul Chan, Dan Colen, Trisha Donnelly, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Gobert Gober, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Hannah Greely, Taft Green, Karl Haendel, Corin Hewitt, Damien Hirst, Christian Holstad, Matt Johnson, Mike Kelley, Terence Koh, Jeff Koons, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Klara Lidén, Nate Lowman, Jason Meadows, Bruce Nauman, Cady Noland, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Adam Putnam, Charles Ray, Jason Rhoades, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Matthew Ronay, Tom Sachs, Cindy Sherman, Josh Smith, Christopher Wool.
The Astrup Fearnley Collection has developed into one of Scandinavia’s finest collections of international contemporary art. In recent years it has acquired a number of key works by American artists from 1980 to today. On the museum’s ground floor you can experience works by Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, Bruce Nauman and others who established their artistic practice in the 1980s and ‘90s. On the lower level we present new acquisitions by younger artists, chiefly Americans, who have entered the international art scene since 2000.
The lower level exhibition features artists who express themselves through diverse media such as sculpture, drawing, video, painting and photography. These artists often take their point of departure in existing visual material, yet in addition to appropriating pictures from mass media and consumer society, they personally transform their materials and means. Through collages, assemblages and altered readymades, the artists create stories. The impulse behind a work may be something surreal and surprising, or mysterious and immaterial. In addition, we find works expressing strong political engagement. The artists work with impressions from contemporary culture such as cartoon series and graffiti, yet when doing so, also engage with art historical traditions such as Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Neorealism, Pop Art or 1960s Performance Art. The exhibition does not showcase a specific generation or artist group, yet when viewed as a whole, it is dominated by figurative, object-based and narrative artworks.
The exhibition title Meet Me Around the Corner is borrowed from Dan Colen’s eponymously titled painting. The letters are painted with big and abrupt movements reminiscent of spontaneous, anonymous messages in the urban landscape. With this title, we invite visitors to engage in dialogue with the artworks, and hope the exhibition will open up for enlightening and stimulating experiences. Discussions of several works are recorded on sound files that are available via mobile telephone.