Felix Gonzalez-Torres' work "Untitled" (NRA) from 1991 is now on view at Trondheim Kunstmuseum as part of the exhibition Participation (22 January – 7 May). In this exhibition, the spectators are invited to take part and get involved, physically and practically, with the art exhibited. The work "Untitled" (NRA) consists of a pile of posters. At first glance, it can recall a minimalist artwork, but it represents a theme with a profound impact on social policy. The NRA (National Rifle Association) works to defend the right of individuals to bear arms in the USA. Here the red surface against the black background symbolizes the human lives that are lost on a daily basis due to the use of private weapons. The viewers are invited to help themselves to a poster in order to pass this message along.
4 February the exhibition Gosh! Is it Alive? opens at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. The exhibition presents 'hyperrealist' sculptures by 31 internationally recognized artists. One of these works is the Astrup Fearnley Collection's sculpture Juliana (2014-2015) by the American artist Frank Benson. The work portrays the transgender artist Juliana Huxtable who in this case is celebrated in a fascinating sculpture. You can experience the work and exhibition at ARKEN until 6 August 2017!
Astrup Fearnley Museet is proud to lend out one of our David Hockney-paintings to the great retrospective exhibition David Hockney at Tate Britain in London. Astrup Fearnley Museet has contributed with the work Cleaning Teeth, Early Evening (10pm) from 1962. The motif in this early Hockney-work refers to advertisements and consumer items such as Colgate toothpaste. It is a forceful motif that must have created quite a stir as homosexuality was an extremely controversial and contentious subject in the Great Britain of the day. The exhibition at Tate Britain will be on view 9 February – 29 May. Read more about the exhibition on their website.