We have had a wonderful 2016 at Astrup Fearnley Museet with excellent visitor numbers, exciting exhibitions and success with our new event series Art Night!
Well over 120,000 visitors have visited the museum during 2016. The year began with the launch of Norway's first complete museum-app. The app was developed especially to improve visitors’ – both children and adults – museum experience. The museum is proud to see how much the app is being used, and we are grateful for all the feedback we have received to make it even better. We look forward to showing you several new features in the weeks to come!
In February the exhibition with world artist Matthew Barney, Matthew Barney – Bildungsroman, opened. The exhibition featured works from the past 24 years of Barney’s career, focusing on key topics and developments in his production. In collaboration with Cinemateket in Oslo, the museum also presented a film program, including the Norwegian premiere on Matthew Barney's latest film work River of Fundament.
In May, the exhibition #AlexIsrael opened with the young, Los Angeles-based artist Alex Israel. The exhibition received great critiques, and both reviewers and audiences were fascinated by Israel’s interaction between surface and depth, and his ambiguous embrace and revelation of the media world’s mechanisms.
In June, the museum launched a new event series called Art Night! With over 1000 visitors each event and a terrific atmosphere, we are deeply thankful to all of you for making this such a great success. We are already looking forward to the next event in January 2017!
In September the exhibition Los Angeles – A Fiction opened, which presents a selection of artists and writers from the last 50 years, many of which have never been presented in Norway before. With this exhibition, Astrup Fearnley Museet presents for the first time important works by significant artists such as Larry Bell, Ed Ruscha, Robert Irwin and John Baldessari, along with mid-generation artists like Charles Ray, Stanya Kahn and John Divola, and today’s young aspiring artists, such as Jonas Wood, Brian Calvin and Nancy Lupo. The exhibition will be on view until January 22 at Astrup Fearnley Museet, and will open at the museum MAC Lyon, France, in March 2017.
Throughout the year, we have also replaced some works in the Astrup Fearnley Collection. In December, we changed the exhibition The World is Made of Stories – Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, with works that have not been on view for a long time, such as Tom Sachs’ monumental Presidential Seal (2004), along with new works, such as Richard Prince’s new series New Portraits, which present appropriated images from Instagram. From December and for a limited period Astrup Fearnley Museet will for the first time show a selection of works from Hans Rasmus Astrup’s private collection of family portraits, painted by Norwegian artist Asta Nørregaard. The works are on view in the exhibition The World is Made of Stories - Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection now!
Thank you to each and every one of you who have visited us in 2016! We wish you a very Happy Holiday season, and we look forward to sharing new exhibitions and events with you in 2017!