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2021 season

Kistefos opens on 23th May 2021

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Liquid Life

Liquid Life is a group exhibition curated by Martha Kirszenbaum and presenting the works of seven international visual artists—among which five new commissions, a collaborative sound piece and a series of music and dance performances, all inspired by a reflection on the relationship between humans and nature through postmodern ecology, eco-feminism and biology.

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No One Is An Island

The exhibition curated by Kate Smith will be on display in Nybruket Gallery from 23 May to 17 October. Curated with works from the Christen Sveaas Collection, together with several external loans, this years’ exhibition in Nybruket explores themes of community, collectivity, socio-cultural observations and the rhythm and layering of human existence that has been challenged in the past year.

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Photo: Vegard Kleven

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Photo: Vegard Kleven

Carol Bove is this year´s sculptor

American artist Carol Bove (b. 1971) has made a monumental, site-specific work for Kistefos that was unveiled at the museum's season-opening on 23rd May. The work PASANASAP is made from steel, the artist's favoured material of recent years, and is indicative of her signature form and style.

Get to know this year´s sculpture

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Photo: Ida Golberg

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'Energy-Matter-Space-Time' by Petroc Sesti was unveiled in 2006. Raw organic power, especially related to water as a natural resource, is at the very core of both the wood pulp mill and Petroc Sesti’s sculpture. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

Kistefos - a culture 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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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.

Sculptor 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.

About the sculpture park

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

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.

More about the industrial museum and history

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On behalf of The Twist, Maria Sandvik from Kistefos, accepts the LCD Berlin Leading Culture Destinations of the Year award for Best Architecture. Photo: Mike Auerbach © LCD Berlin

The Oscars for Museums goes to The Twist

The Twist at Kistefos in Norway wins Leading Culture Destinations Award for Best Architecture 2020.

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Katy Vandekerckhove:

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