News : 2011/04

Welcome to a guided tour of 'Forms of Modern Life' on Saturday 30 April at OCA

Published 2011/04/28

Installation view (left) and detail (right) from Frans Masereel,
Debout les Morts, Réssurection Internale, date unknown.
Courtesy of Kundig Éditieur, Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: OCA/Asle Olsen

Norsk versjon

'Forms of Modern Life: From the Archives of
Guttorm Guttormsgaard'

Guided tour Saturday 30 April 14:00–15:00

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, Oslo l

OCA invites you to a guided tour through the exhibition 'Forms of Modern Life: From the Archives of Guttorm Guttormsgaard' by the curators Marta Kuzma and Pablo Lafuente.

'Forms of Modern Life: From the Archives of Guttorm Guttormsgaard' is an exhibition taking as a starting point Guttorm Guttormsgaard's archives of printed materials and art objects. The exhibition considers the process by which the printed form becomes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries a universal, egalitarian form of expression. The project explores how artists such as Thomas Bewick, Frans Masereel, Albert Jærn, Hannah Ryggen, Peder Balke and Lars Hertervig employed specific graphic forms to address the cultural and political conditions of their time.

Please note that the tour will be held in English.


OCA IVP Programme – Charles Esche, Director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Published 2011/04/27

Charles Esche

OCA IVP Programme

Lecture by Charles Esche:
'The End of Education As We Know It'

Thursday, 28 April / 13:00–15:00

Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Auditorium
Fossvn. 24, Oslo

During his stay in Oslo within the frame of OCA's International Visitor Programme, curator and writer Charles Esche is giving a lecture at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts on Thursday 28 April. The lecture forms part of 'TEOAEAWKI', a series of reflections on art education in the 21st century, initiated by the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. 'TEOAEAWKI' seeks to analyse and understand recent developments and structural changes within the educational sector by gathering important examples of relevant initiatives and orientations to better define the Academy's goals and ambitions as a state educational art institution.

The lecture is free of charge and open to everyone.

About Charles Esche

Charles Esche (b.1962) is a curator and writer. Since 2004, he has been Director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands. He is co-founder and co-editor of Afterall Journal and Afterall Books. His main work has involved working on the constitution of art institutions, most recently the museum but also the qualities of the art centre or biennial. His writings on institutional possibility and policy are useful aids to rethinking the relation between art and social change. A valuable book is the reader Art and Social Change published by Afterall and Tate Publishing and co-edited by Esche and Will Bradley.

Oslo National Academy of the Arts

Ida Ekblad to exhibit within 'ILLUMInations' at La Biennale di Venezia

Published 2011/04/26

Ida Ekblad, A Caged Law of the bird the hand the land, poem, 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Ida Ekblad to exhibit within

'ILLUMInations' at the 54th
International Art Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia

as curated by Bice Curiger Professional and press preview:
1–3 June, 2011
Exhibition period:
4 June–27 November, 2011

In the Giardini and the Arsenale, Venice, Italy

Bice Curiger, Director of the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, has invited artist Ida Ekblad to participate in the 2011 edition of the biennale entitled 'ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations' on view in Venice from 4 June trough 27 November 2011. Ekblad's contribution within 'ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations' will consist in an installation mostly created during a recent residency in Bali, Indonesia, taking Ekblad's own poem A Caged Law of the Bird the Hand the Land as a starting point.

About the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

The exhibition 'ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations' will be presented in the Central Pavilion in the Giardini and in the Arsenale, forming a single itinerary, featuring more than 80 artists from all over the world. In addition Bice Curiger has asked four participating artists to create "para-Pavilions", architectural and sculptural structures erected in the Giardini and the Arsenale to house the works of other artists. While the last Biennale 'Making Worlds' highlighted constructive creativity, 'ILLUMInations' will focus on the 'light' of the illuminating experience, on the epiphanies that come with intercommunicative, intellectual comprehension, according to Curiger. 'ILLUMInations' draws attention to the importance of the development of international art in a globalised world. 'I am particularly interested in the eagerness of many contemporary artists to establish an intense dialogue with the viewer, and to challenge the conventions through which contemporary art is viewed', says Curiger. The director says that she finds the same 'rational and febrile' search for light in the works of many contemporary artists as in Tintoretto's oeuvre, and that the term "nations" in 'ILLUMInations' applies metaphorically to the phenomenon where 'overlapping groups form collectives of people representing a wide variety of smaller, more local activities and mentalities'.

About Ida Ekblad's participation in 'ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations'

'ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations' will give special attention to the generation of younger artists mixing traditional techniques such as oil painting and casted sculptures, and performative attitude into their art practice. This is a response to the fact that there are three paintings by the Venetian baroque master Jacopo Tintoretto in the core of the exhibition. 'ILLUMInations' seeks to search for parallels in Tintoretto's "energetic art" and the ecstatic painting technique of contemporary artists. According to the curator, Ida Ekblad not only fits perfectly into this context, but is also considered as 'one of the key figure of her generation'.

About the Artist

Ida Ekblad (b.1980 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) has a Masters degree from the National Academy of Art, Oslo, Norway, in 2007, and in 2008 she attended the Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles, USA. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Poem Percussion', Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway; 'Digging. Treasure', Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; 'A Clothespin Left Behind on a Line', Herald Street, London, UK; 'Entschlafen zum Hafen Glück und Leid Vergangenheit', Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin Germany and 'What Leaf? What Mushroom?', New Jersey, USA and Basel, Swtzerland. She has participated in group exhibitions at institutions such as the New Museum, New York, USA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, USA; the Swiss Institute, New York; White Columns, New York; Art in General, New York; the National Museum, Oslo; la Kunsthalle, Mulhouse, France; the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Fotogalleriet, Oslo; UKS, Oslo; Preus Museum, Horten, Norway and MOMENTUM 2009, 5th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway.


Ida Ekblad's participation in the 2011 International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia has been supported by OCAs International Support Programme.

Press contact

For press enquiries related to this announcement and the project, and for interviews with the artist, please contact Marthe Tveitan at


Accreditation for the press preview of the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia must be requested directly from the Biennale Press Office. Please note that applications for press accreditations must be submitted by 30 April 2011.

To obtain accreditation for the professional preview of the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, please use the online application form. Please note that applications for professional preview accreditations must be submitted by 2 May 2011.


OCA semesterplan – spring 2011: Franco Berardi lecture

Published 2011/04/05

FRANCO BERARDI: 'Knowledge Against Financial Capitalism'

Wednesday, 13 April / 19:00

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, Oslo l

As drastic budget cuts have hit European universities over the last few months, students and teachers alike have protested in the streets of several European cities. With this background, and as part of OCA Semesterplan – Spring 2011, Franco Berardi will present a lecture titled 'Knowledge Against Financial Capitalism', discussing the current situation of Europe's education systems. In his lecture, Berardi will address issues such as capitalism's limiting effect on the autonomy of knowledge and the possibilities of knowledge production in the universities, alternative educational strategies, and the role of art in education and its ability to link conscious mental activity and sensibility. Presenting the new European School of Social Imagination (SCEPSI) in San Marino as a possible alternative to current education systems, Berardi will ask: What is our imagination of Europe in the very moment of its possible dissolution?

About Franco Berardi

Franco Berardi (b.1949, Bologna, Italy) is a contemporary writer, media theorist and media activist. He founded the magazine A/traverso (1975–81) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice (1976–78). After being involved in the political movement of Autonomia in Italy during the 1970s, Berardi fled to Paris, where he worked with philosopher and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis during the 1980s. He currently teaches social history of the media at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, and is the founder of the European School of Social Imagination (SCEPSI), which will be inaugurated in San Marino in May 2011.

On 8 September 2011 Francesco Berardi will present a lecture as part of 'The State of Things', one of the two programmes that constitute Norway's official representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2011. Throughout the programme, which will take place in Venice from June to November 2011, leading intellectuals will address the 'state of things' today.

This event is made possible with the kind support of Istituto Italiano di Cultura Oslo.