The Twist, a museum building that is also a bridge over the Randselva river. Dramatic image.

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New season opens 4th May 2024

The sculpture park is always accessible

Map of the park

Navigate the sculpture park 
with our interactive map

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Ida Ekblad, A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES. Photo: Uli Holtz

Guided winter walk in the sculpture park

On Thursday, February 22, you can experience Kistefos in a completely new way, when darkness, moonlight, and snow create a different and beautiful setting for the park.

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Photo: Hurvin Anderson, Afrosheen, 2009. Courtesy the artist and Christen Sveaas’ Art Collection.All Rights Reserved, DACS_Artimage 2023.

Announcing next years’ program at Kistefos!

Kistefos is delighted to announce a new season opening on May 4th 2024. British artist Hurvin Anderson is this year's artist in The Twist with the critically acclaimed Salon Paintings exhibition. Italian artist Tatiana Trouvé is this year's sculptor with a new work from the artist’s Guardians series to be unveiled in in the Wood Pulp Mill. The «Springboard» project offers young curators and artworld professionals valuable museum experience at an international level.

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The Ball by Ilya Kabakov. Photo: Hans Haug, Visit Innlandet.

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The Twist. Photo: Kim Erlandsen.

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Energy-Matter-Space-Time by Petroc Sesti. Photo: Maria Sandvik.

Experience Kistefos outside season

The sculpture park is open all year round, also outside of season and normal opening hours. The sculptures change character and expression in step with their surroundings, which makes a visit to the sculpture park a beautiful experience, all year round.

Note that some of the artwork may be turned off or wrapped due to the cold.

About the sculpture park

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Photo: Ida Golberg

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'Energy-Matter-Space-Time' by Petroc Sesti was unveiled in 2006. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

Kistefos - a cultural destination with a twist

Kistefos offers world-class architecture, industrial history, art exhibitions, and an impressive sculpture park in scenic surroundings.

About Kistefos

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Marianne Heske is the sculptor of the year 2023

Kistefos is pleased to announce Marianne Heske as sculptor of the year. Heske has worked as an artist for over 40 years, and is considered a leading figure in Norwegian conceptual art. The bronze sculpture Blue, which will be available to the public from Thursday 17 August, is a continuation of Heske's work with the doll's head, a recurring motif in her art since the 1970s.

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Variants by Pierre Huyghe

Variants was created especially for Kistefos by the French artist Pierre Hyughe and is located on a previously inaccessible island that is periodically flooded by the Randselva.

Please note that Variants is closed for the 2023 season due to flooding.

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Tony Cragg, Hurt. Photo: Pontus Homenäs

Tony Cragg limited-edition lithographic print for sale

To coincide with his Material in Mind exhibition in The Twist, renowned British artist Sir Tony Cragg
has produced a limited-edition lithographic print to Kistefos Museum.

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What makes it a must-see cultural destination is The Twist, a new 15.000-square-foot structure spanning a river in the middle of the sculpture park.

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The Twist. Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu.

The Twist

The new fabulous museum at Kistefos, designed by world renowned architect Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG, opened Wednesday September 18th, 2019. The building has been named the top architectural museum project in the world to open in 2019, by both the Daily Telegraph and Bloomberg.

The Twist Gallery

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All of Nature Flows Through Us by Marc Quinn. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

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Path of Silence by Jeppe Hein is a favorite of many - including the children, who use it as a fountain in it in the summer. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

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Point of View - Part 1 by Elmgreen & Dragset. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

Sculpture park of international standing

The scenic sculpture park has an impressive collection of works by internationally renowned contemporary artists including Anish Kapoor, Jeppe Hein, Tony Cragg, Olafur Eliasson, Fernando Bottero and Elmgreen & Dragset. The sculpture park focus is sight specific and international contemporary works of art and is available all year.

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From the installation Movimenti della Memoria by Fabrizio Plessi. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

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Photo: Hans Haug, Visit Øst-Norge

The history

A/S Kistefos Træsliperi was established by consul Anders Sveaas in 1889. The wood pulp mill produced wood pulp used in the European paper industry.

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Katy Vandekerckhove:

Kistefos was really a jewel on earth with high level art in fantastic surroundings