Exhibition

I Call It Art

What is good art? And who decides? The National Museum's opening exhibition explores what is in and what is out in art.

  • Opening 11 June, 2022
  • The National Museum

"I Call it Art" takes the pulse of contemporary art in Norway today, with works by almost 150 artists and groups of artists.

Personal and challenging

The exhibition shows works that concern you and me, and that address important topics in society, such as identity, belonging, nationality and democracy. You may be surprised, provoked, happy, angry or moved. Or none of the above.

Have you ever wondered why some works of art make it into museums and others do not? "I Call it Art" explores this boundary between who is inside and who is outside the art world, and weighs established art against the alternative, the sterile against the personal, and the abstract against the banal.

Photo: Nasjonalmuset / Annar Bjørgli

A different kind of exhibition

In search of new art and new artists, the National Museum's curators scoured the entire country. The museum also received contributions from over 1,000 artists through an open call.

The exhibition will fill the entire Light Hall, the new National Museum's large space for temporary exhibitions. The Light Hall's 2,400 square metres of floor space and seven metre-high ceiling will make it a unique experience.

The exhibition will also feature a separate mini-exhibition that will be changed halfway through the viewing period. The artists here are selected using an automated algorithm. In addition, a large video and performance programme and a series of events will be presented during the exhibition period.

Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Børre Høstland

This is I Call it Art

• The first exhibition held in the 2,400 square-metre Light Hall in the new National Museum

• The exhibition features recent contemporary art from Norway – everything from paintings to installations and video works

• The artists are selected from an open call and outreach tours around Norway

• The exhibition opens in 2022

• In 2020–2021 the National Museum is presenting a preview of the exhibition with the event series SIDESPRANG

• Exhibition architecture by Diogo Passarinho Studio

• Graphic design by Neue

Photo: Jiska Huizing

SIDESPRANG 

SIDESPRANG is an event series taking place in 2020–21 and is a preview of the National Museum's opening exhibition "I Call it Art". Before the new museum building is ready and the exhibition opens in 2022, the National Museum will bring artists from the exhibition out to cities and towns around Norway and present everything from performances and concerts to discussions and videos.    

These are the artists

Aage Gaup, Agatha Wara, Aino Hivand, Aleksander Johan Andreassen, Alt går bra, Anders Kvammen, André Tehrani, Ann Holmgren, Ann Rasmussen, Anna Ihle og Addoley Dzegede, Anne Siv Falkenberg Pedersen, Anne Tveit Knutsen, Anne-Karin Sundquist, Anniken Harlem Thorsen, Arne Rygg, Barbro Raen Thomassen, Ben Allal, Bendik Syversætre Johannessen, Borgny Svalastog , Bård Kristiansen, Cameron MacLeod, Carl Mannov, Christer Karlstad, Christian Blandhoel, Clean TV, Dag Johan Haugerud og Cecilie Semec, Daisuke Kosugi, Dan Skjæveland, Dromedar, Edvine Larssen, Elena Abessinova, Eli Maria Lundgaard, Elina Waage Mikalsen, Ellen Ugelstad, Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard, Eva Margrethe Ballo, Frederick Nathanael og Vegard Øidvin, Frode Felipe Schjelderup, Glafira Severianova, Goro Tronsmo, Gunnveig Nerol, Hanan Benammar, Hanne Grete Einarsen, Hanne Nilsen Nygård, Hans Edward Hammonds, Herman Mbamba, Hilde Skancke Pedersen, Ida Immonen, Ihra Lill Scharning, Ilavenil Jayapalan, Ina Vang, Ingeborg Annie Lindahl, Inger Bruun, Ingerid Kuiters, Ingrid Toogood, Ingunn Utsi, Inti Wang, Janicke Schønning, Jasper Siverts, Jessica Williams, Jim Særnblom, Joar Nango, Johanne Hestvold, Jorunn Myklebust Syversen, Josef Halse, Karianne Stensland, Kenn-Ole Moen, Kent Fonn Skåre, Kim Laybourn, Kirsty Kross, Kjersti Vetterstad, Kristin Tårnes, Lars Korff Lofthus, Lars Sandås, Lena Trydal, Lill-Anita Olsen, Linda Lerseth, Lorents Aage Nagelhus, Lykourgos Porfyris, Mahlet Ogbe, Maija Liisa Björklund, Malk Sultan Al-Jabiri, Mari Aschim, Markus Li Stensrud, Marthe Karen Kampen, Marthe Minde, Marthe Ramm Fortun, Martin Sæther, Melanie Kitti, Mette Mygland, Milan Benza, Mor Efrony, Morten Langeland, Nar Jensen, Niels Munk Plum, Nikhil Vettukattil, Nora Joung, Odd Marakatt Sivertsen, Odd Sama, Oddleif Bang, Olou Samuel Komlan, Pearla Pigao, Petter Buhagen, Preben Holst, Ragnhild Arneberg, Regine Stensæth Josefsen, Roderick Hietbrink, Roghieh Asgari Torvund, Saksumdal Tempel med Anders Hergum, Samuel Brzeski, Sayed Hasan, Scott Elliott, Shwan Dler Qaradaki, Signe Førde Bødtker, Silas Henriksen og Cecilie Semec, Silje Figenschou Thoresen, Sille Storihle, Siri Austeen, Siri Hjorth og Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas, Sissel M. Bergh, Siv Bugge Vatne, Skitzosatan, Sofie, Amalie Klougart, Sten Are Sandbeck, Stine Gonsholt og Åse Løvgren, Susanne Hætta, Susie Wang, Synnøve G. Wetten, Synvis Glinn Nordin, Tenthaus kollektiv, Terese Longva, Tilda Moiseff, Tina Buddeberg, Tokyo Twins, Tollef Thorsnes, Tore Reisch, Tor-Finn Malum Fitje & Thomas Anthony Hill, Trond Nicholas Perry, Trude Viken, Uma Feed Tjelta, Victor Guzman, Victoria Durnak, Vilde von Krogh, Wenche Nilsen, Wendimagegn Masresha, Wetware Solutions, Yachi Yang

Do you have any questions about the exhibition?

Mari Grinde Arntzen
Communication Adviser
mari.grinde.arntzen@nasjonalmuseet.no

Anna Elisabeth Brokstad
Communication Adviser
annabr@nasjonalmuseet.no