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

Welcome to Kistefos!


2022 season

Next season opens 30th April 2022
The sculpture park is always open

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The Autobiography of Gypsy Lee Rose

The Autobiography of Gypsy Lee Rose, Paulina Olowska, 2021. Courtesy of Christen Sveaas Art Collection.

Paulina Olowska - Her Hauntology

For season 2022 in The Twist, Kistefos will present the first major survey in Scandanavia of artist Paulina Olowska (b. 1976, Gdansk, Poland), whose practice includes painting, sculpture, installation, and performance.

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Season opening 2022

On April 30th, we open the doors to a new season at Kistefos – a month earlier than usual.

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Pierre Huyghe is the sculptor of the year 2022

We are delighted to finally share news of next years’ Kistefos park commission. Summer 2022 will see the opening of a site-specific work by acclaimed French artist Pierre Huyghe. This major work will be the artists largest permanent work to date.

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All of Nature Flows Through Us by Marc Quinn. Photo: Lena Brune.

The sculpture park is always open

The next season opens 30th April 2022, with new exhibitions in The Twist Gallery, Nybruket Gallery and the Industrial Museum, new sculptures, and all our facilities. Meanwhile, you are most welcome to enjoy our sculpture park in autumn and winter costume. Please note that some of the sculptures might be turned off or wrapped outside the regular season and opening hours.

Please note that Entrance South will be closed until mid-March due to construction work. Arrival must therefore take place via Entrance North, via E16 and Bergerfossvegen, address Samsmoveien 41.

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. 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 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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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.

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