ShanghART is honored to invite Dr. Gunnar B. Kvaran, the Director of the Astrup Fearnley Museet of Modern Art to share his perspectives regarding the museum and it’s Collection and exhibition program.
Dr. Gunnar B. Kvaran
Director of the Astrup Fearnley Museet of Modern Art in Oslo
Curator of the Biennale de Lyon 2013
Curatorial Concept: “the originality of a story’s artistic gesture stems from the originality of its narrative constructions.”
Together with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones, Gunnar B. Kvaran curated CHINA POWER STATION, which has videos, major installations, painting and sculpture reveal the vibrant Chinese art scene, showing some of the most innovative responses emerging from the country, which is fertile ground for artistic experimentation. The exhibition has been staged in various venues: Part I in London in 2006 was the first stage of the project. Part II was developed for Oslo in 2007, Part III was staged in Luxembourg in 2008, and Part IV was presented in Turin with a new layout and new works from 2010 until 2011.The artists in the exhibitions are Birdhead, Kan Xuan, Liang Yue, Liu Weijian, SunXun, Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong, Zhang Ding and Zhou Zixi etc.
Astrup Fearnley Museet is a private museum of contemporary art which has been developed as one of the most important art institutions in Oslo since its opening in 1993. In comparison with National gallery and many of the regional museums which pay more attention to Norwegian art, Astrup Fearnley shows more interest in collecting contemporary art internationally.
The Astrup Fearnley Collection has a history that dates back to the 1960s and has always concentrated on individual works and artists, rather than on movements or historical periods. Its distinctive focus is on acquiring major pieces of contemporary art that push the boundaries of the artistic canon.