Building twisted. Placed over a river. Dark outside, light on inside.

Welcome to Kistefos!


The 2020 season

Thank you for a wonderful season! Kistefos opens on 23th May 2021.

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

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The Twist. Photo: Kim Erlandsen.


Detail from Tumbling Tacks by pioneers of pop-art Oldenburg and van Bruggen. Photo: Visit Innlandet, Ian Brodie.

Kistefos in winter season

Next season opens 23th May 2021, 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 winter costume.

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 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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Lawrence Weiner. Photo: Robin Martin


Photo: Vegard Kleven

New site-specific sculpture by Lawrence Weiner

The new sculpture in 2020 was by the internationally renowned American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. Lawrence Weiner's new text-based work is installed on 2 façades of the Kistefoss II waterworks and is a direct response to Kistefos’ rich industrial history.

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Artworks for sale

Håkon Bleken and Fabrizio Plessi lithography artworks available in our museum store.

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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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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

Katy Vandekerckhove:

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