The sculpture park
Kistefos has 52 sculptures by prominent contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Claes Oldenburg, Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, Fernando Botero, Jeppe Hein, Tony Cragg, and Elmgreen & Dragset. The works range from the monumental to the unobtrusive, the profound to the playful. The sculpture collection is permanent and many of the sculptures are site-specific - meaning that the artist has created the artwork especially for Kistefos, directly inspired by the history, cultural heritage or nature of the place.
Every visit to Kistefos should include a walk in the sculpture park. The sculpture park is also available even offseason, and it´s a beautiful experience to see the sculptures change their appearance and character in line with the surroundings. In the sculpture park, you can find tranquility, inspiration and aesthetic pleasure, all year round. The sculptures emerge as surprising elements placed in the scenic surroundings.
The three eras of the sculpture park
National contemporary art
In the first years after the opening of the Kistefos Museum in 1999, the sculpture park expanded mainly with sculptures by Norwegian contemporary artists.
After a few years, the sculpture park went international with the unveiling of sculptures and installations by well-known international artists.
From 2005, the sculpture park developed further, and we unveiled the first work in a series of several site-specific works. This means that the sculptures are made exclusively for Kistefos after the artist has been inspired by the magnificent area following a visit. Thus you will find themes such as water, energy, industry, and nature in many of our sculptures.
Everything I commission must be site-specific. I want the artist to be triggered by the picturesque landscape and its historyChristen Sveaas in an interview with Christie´s
In the following years, the park has expanded by one or more large site-specific installations per year. The development of the sculpture park has been made possible thanks to generous gifts from Christen Sveaas.