2020 Exhibition Program

The Great Monster Dada Show

Through January 26, 2020

This major exhibition presents the historical works of the Dada movement with a contemporary side program pinpointing how the avant-garde ideas are of relevance today. The exhibition presents more than 200 works by 43 artists, among others Jean (Hans) Arp, Theo van Doesburg, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Elsa Hildegard Baroness von Freytag-Loringhoven, Hannah Höch, Marcel Janco, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Kurt Schwitters and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, together with contemporary artists such as Siri Hjorth, Pernille Mercury Lindstad, Marthe Ramm Fortun, Are Mokkelbost, Marcela Lucatelli and Harold Offeh.

Curated by Ana María Bresciani and Oda Wildhagen Gjessing
Supported by the Sparebankstiftelsen DNB

Installation shot: The Great Monster Dada Show på Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. Photo: Calle Hüth

Picasso 347

January 3–May 3, 2020

The exhibition presents the remarkable series of etchings and engravings, the Picasso Suite 347, which consists of 347 works by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). The works are among the last hand-signed etchings and engravings Picasso ever created, and has only been presented in its entirety once before, also then at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, in 1981. In addition to Suite 347, the exhibition will also present Picasso's work in the Government Quarter in Oslo, Norway.

Curated by Karin Hellandsjø
Supported by the Arild Wahlström Foundation
In collaboration with the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes

Pablo Picasso, Sunday March 24, 1968. © Succession Pablo Picasso / BONO 2019
Photo: Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design.

New Visions

The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography and New Media

1st Edition: February 21–May 17, 2020

In line with the avant-garde legacy of Henie Onstad, the triennial aims to foreground artists that are working experimentally with photography. New Visions: The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Triennale for Photography and New Media will present photography also extending to sculpture, installations, video and VR. Referencing László Moholy-Nagy’s manifest A New Instrument of Vision (1932) and its subsequent impact on 20th-century experimental photography, the title of the triennial is NEW VISIONS.

The first edition will be curated by Susanne Østby Sæther in collaboration with Behzad Farazollahi and Christian Tunge
The Henie Onstad Photography Programme is supported by Aars, Varner, ABG, Kolonihagen and Fritt Ord.

Cover: Asger Carlsen, Blister Card, Life Extension, 2018. Fine art print on silk, framed. 172.1x120cm, edt. of 3. Courtesy of DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM, Berlin

The Henie Onstad Collection

May 29, 2020–April 3, 2023


The Henie Onstad has invited Norwegian artist Elise Storsveen (1969- ) to curate a presentation of the Museum´s Collection. With keen interest in the artist books, Storsveen will create connections between the printed matter and the more iconic works from the 1960s–1980s in the collection.

Elise Storsveen. Photo: Martine Hoff Jensen / Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

Niki de Saint Phalle

June 19–September 20, 2020


The retrospective exhibition will showcase the oeuvre of one the greatest icons of the 20th century, Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) and how she challenged the existing stereotypical women's roles, violated aesthetic conventions and was an outspoken advocate of women´s and civil rights and a champion of public art.

Curated by Caroline Ugelstad.

Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana boule (orange), ca 1966. © André Morin. Private collection; Courtesy Niki Charitable Art Foundation and Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris

Nils-Aslak Valkeapää / Áillohaš

October 22, 2020–January 24, 2021

In 2020, Henie Onstad will put on a big retrospective exhibition about the Sami artist Nils-Aslak Valkeapää / Áillohaš (1943-2001). The exhibition will showcase Nils-Aslak Valkeapää / Áillohaš as an innovator of Sami joik and visual art, as well as a Nordic pioneer in poetry, artist books and sound art.

Curated by Lars Mørch Finborud, Geir Tore Holm and Jérémie Michael McGowan
In collaboration with Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum
With support from Fritt Ord

Cover: Nils-Aslak Valkeapää / Áillohaš. Photo: Rolf Chr. Ulrichsen/Aftenposten /NTB scanpix


Otobong Nkanga

November 13, 2020–February 21, 2021

The inaugurual winner of the The Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award Programme, Otobong Nkanga will be presented in a solo exhibition at the Henie Onstad. Her multi-disciplinary practice, which spans tapestry, drawing, photography, installation, video and performance, connects threads that reveal the entanglements of bodies, land and natural resources.

Curated by Tone Hansen
Assistant Curator: Karen Monica Reini
Presented as part of The Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award Programme at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

Otobong Nkanga, Escape, 2018. Courtesy of Mendes Wood DM São Paulo, Brussels, New York. Photo: Kristien Daem.