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

Welcome to Kistefos!


The 2020 season

17.10 - 13.12: Saturday and Sunday, 11 - 16

Map of the park

Navigate the sculpture park 
with our interactive map

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Regarding the Corona-situation

Kistefos is open as normal, as we have a large and open area. Our showrooms are also of good size, so it is easy to comply with infection prevention measures. There will be some adjustments though.

Infection prevention measures

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Extended opening hours

We are extending our season! From 17th October until Christmas we will be open on weekends, allowing visitors to experience the park in its autumn and winter glory.

Extended opening hours

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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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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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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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Albert Oehlen, Posen des Zorns, 2004, oil on canvas, 280 x 340 cm. © Albert Oehlen. Christen Sveaas' Art Foundation.

Come Out!

For the first time, a sizable selection of works from the Christen Sveaas Art Foundation will be shown in a Norwegian museum. "Come Out!" can be experienced in The Twist throughout the 2020 season.

More about the exhibition

Curator William Flatmo about the exhibition "Come Out!":

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Photo: Benjamin Ward

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Photo: Benjamin Ward

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Photo: Hanne Marit Tobiassen

Flowers in the Attic

The exhibition Flowers in the Attic by the Swedish artist duo Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg is shown in Nybruket Gallery. The exhibition juxtaposes recent film works together with The Clearing installation and invites viewers into this artist duo’s surreal world of dreamscapes and fantasy-filled re-imaginings of reality.

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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


Artworks for sale

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

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Lawrence Weiner. Photo: Robin Martin


Photo: Vegard Kleven

New site-specific sculpture by Lawrence Weiner

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

More about the sculpture

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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

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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