Sculpture

Sculpture, shape of an eye, placed in the river
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Bench by Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Vegard Kleven.

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The Guardian av Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Vegard Kleven.

Tatiana Trouvé is the Sculptor of the Year!

It is a pleasure to be able to announce the French-Italian artist Tatiana Trouvé (b. 1968 in Cosenza, Italy) as the sculptor of the year at Kistefos. For the season opening, Trouvé has created two site-specific works, which will be displayed in the historical Wood Pulp Mill.

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Variants, Pierre Huyghe

Pierre Huyghe, Variants, 2021 - ongoing. Scanned forest, real-time simulation, generative mutations and sounds, intelligent camera, environmental sensors, animals, plants, micro-organisms and materialized mutations: synthetic and biological material aggregate. Courtesy of the artist; Kistefos Museum; Hauser and Wirth, London. Photo: Ola Rindal © Pierre Huyghe.

Variants by Pierre Huyghe is closed

We want to inform you that Variants is now closed. The tentative reopening is June 13, depending on the river's water level. If you are visiting Kistefos specifically to experience Variants, it might be wise to wait until July.

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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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Skulptur I, 2022, Tone Vigeland.

Skulptur I, 2022, Tone Vigeland. Photo: Vegard Kleven.

August 2022: New sculpture by Norwegian artist Tone Vigeland unveiled

- We are deeply honored that Tone Vigeland accepted the challenge of creating a site-specific work for Kistefos. Vigeland is one of Norway's most renowned artists and it is a great pleasure to be able to unveil this beautiful sculpture as work number 51 in the sculpture park, says director at Kistefos, Birgitte Espeland.

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Pierre Huyghe is the artist of the year 2022

As the 50th artwork to be included in the park, a new site-specific work by French artist Pierre Huyghe (b.1962, Paris) was unveiled on June 12th. Titled Variants, the vast permanent work is the artist's largest site-specific work to date and the most ambitious to ever be conceived for Kistefos.

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Portrait of Ida Ekblad in front of A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES (2021). Photo: Jacqueline Landvik, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Peder Lund.

August 2021: New monumental sculpture by Ida Ekblad

Ida Ekblad is one of Norway's most renowned contemporary artists and we are proud to present a new site-specific work by til artist in the sculpture park. The work, A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES, is located in the terrain outside The Twist at the artist's own request. The sculpture is a monumental hand-painted sculpture and the largest and most important sculptural work of the artist to date.

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Photo: Vegard Kleven

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Lawrence Weiner. Photo: Robin Martin

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August 2020: Lawrece Weiner

Weiner visited Kistefos in the winter of 2016 and prepared four new texts, especially for Kistefos. His 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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Photo: Vegard Kleven

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Photo: Vegard Kleven

May 2021: Carol Bove is the sculptor of the year

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.

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Shine-of-Life-Yayoi-Kusama

Yayoi Kusama, Shine of Life, 2019. Kistefos. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai and Victoria Miro, London/Venice. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Photo: Einar Aslaksen

May 2019: Yayoi Kusama - Shine of Life

Yayoi Kusama was the main sculptor in 2019. Her work Shine of Life was officially unveiled at the opening of the park in May 2019. Rising from the water inlet of the mill, this work’s swirling tentacles are a monumental example of Kusama’s obsession with pattern and color.

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Points of View - Part 2 by Elmgreen & Dragset. The sculpture was commissioned for the opening of The Twist. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

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Scat Skat Skatt by Tony Oursler. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

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From the installation Silent Studio by Mark Manders - one of five new artworks at Kistefos in 2019. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

2019: Six new sculptures

In 2019, the park expanded with as much as six new permanent sculptures! Get to know the park's newcomers made by Yayoi Kusama, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tony Oursler, Giuseppe Penone and Mark Manders.

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Castor & Pullox is one of four Tony Cragg-artworks at Kistefos. It tells the story about the twins Castor and Pollux from Roman mythology, who were immortalized and united in the sky as two stars. 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.

Tony Cragg Articulated Column

Articulated Column is one of four sculptures by Tony Cragg. This one was unveiled in 2001. Photo: Frederic Boudin

Sculpture park of international standing

The scenic Kistefos Sculpture Park has an impressive collection of works by internationally renowned contemporary artists including Yayoi Kusama, Tony Cragg, Claes Oldenburg, Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, Fernando Bottero and Elmgreen & Dragset.

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Detail from Tumbling Tacks by Oldenburg and van Bruggen. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

Overview of the sculptures

The sculpture park contains 52 sculptures. The works range from the monumental to the unobtrusive, the profound to the playful.

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Amazing!!! I love this place ❤ ❤ ❤

Map over the sculpture park

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