Six new sculptures in 2019

2019 was an extraordinary year at Kistefos, which was also reflected in the sculpture park. Six new permanent works were added to the park throughout the year - four of them were commissioned for the opening of The Twist.

Shine of Life by Yayoi Kusama

Shine of Life was unveiled during the season-opening on May 26, 2019. Rising from the water inlet of the mill, this work’s swirling tentacles are a monumental example of Yayoi Kusama’s obsession with pattern and color. The work is situated at the very heart of the park in direct dialogue with the natural and the industrial, a marriage of opposites much like the contradictory nature of Kusama’s unique vision: intimate yet cosmic, and natural yet otherworldly. The sculpture is the largest Kusama sculpture of its kind in the Nordic countries.

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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

Silent Studio by Mark Manders

A new permanent installation, Silent Studio by Mark Manders, opened in the old Stone House at Kistefos on the 21st of August. Manders is known for creating sculptures in bronze that appears to the audience as if they are made of clay. His sculptures give the impression of being semi-finished and abandoned before completion.

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

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From the installation "Silent Studio" by Mark Manders. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

Scat Skat Skatt av Tony Oursler

Since the 1970s Tony Oursler has been a pioneering multimedia and video artist. He is especially well known for his combination of video, sculpture, and performance. Inside the twelve bathroom stalls, projected on to the walls, Oursler has created individually scripted video performances.

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Toilet art by Tony Oursler. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

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

Point of View - Part 1 and Part 2 by Elmgreen & Dragset

Two new works by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset were commissioned for the opening of The Twist - Point of View, Part 1 and Point of View, Part 2. Both sculptures depict a solitary male figure in white and silver respectively, looking into a world he is not part of. The white man is located at the entrance to the park, leaning towards a free-standing fragment of a wall, peeking inside the park through a hole in the wall. Having walked through the Twist, descending to the floor below the exhibition galleries, a mirage of the same male figure, this time in silver, appears through the window. The opposition between inside and outside is even more apparent with the glass dividing the audience looking out, and the figure looking in.

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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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Point of View - Part 1 by Elmgreen & Dragset. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

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Detail from Point of View - Part 1 by Elmgreen & Dragseth. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

Identity by Giuseppe Penone

With its roots raised more than 12 metres up in the air, overlooking the river and the forest, the two-tree sculpture was commissioned on occasion of the opening of the new museum building, The Twist. Set on a mound near the museum, the work is unmistakably identifiable as by the Italian artist, yet it also represents a slight twist in his Oeuvre, as one tree dramatically carries the other, head down and roots in the air. A gentle nod to the architecture of the building, while also being made in direct response to the Kistefos.

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Identity by Giuseppe Penone was comissioned for the opening of The Twist. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.