The Atlantic Ocean

Myths, Art, Science

Sondra Perry, Wet and Wavy Looks —Typhon coming on for a Three Monitor Workstation, 2016. Installation photo: Jason Mandella

Sondra Perry, Wet and Wavy Looks —Typhon coming on for a Three Monitor Workstation, 2016. Installation photo: Jason Mandella

This international group exhibition examines the relationship between history, narratives, research and perceptions of the northern Atlantic and the Barents region.

Date Place
Main Gallery
Matías Duville, Desert means ocean, (2019)

Matías Duville, Desert means ocean, 2019.

Matías Duville, Desert means ocean, (2019)

Matías Duville, Desert means ocean, (2019)

The Atlantic Ocean is a large-scale celebration of the northern sea that has shaped Norway and made the country an international actor, but also critically examines human practices on and in the sea. The exhibition includes around 140 works and objects ranging from original maps from the 16th century to contemporary works. By examining themes such as mapping and extraction, work and leisure at sea, ecology, and gender perspectives, the exhibition conveys the importance of the sea for humans across time and space.

The exhibition is part of a series of interdisciplinary exhibitions in which Henie Onstad delves into current societal issues across culture and nature.

The exhibition shows well-known and central works on loan from international and Norwegian museums, and renowned contemporary artists are invited to create new works. Among the artists shown are Gösta Adrian-Nilsson, Betzy Akersloot-Berg, Peder Balke, Anna-Eva Bergman, Anna Boberg, John Constable, Matías Duville, Arne Ekeland, Nicolaus Germanus, Iver Jåks, Theodor Kittelsen, Christian Krogh, Armin Linke, Olaus Magnus, Eline Mugaas, Edvard Munch, Joar Nango, Abraham Ortelius, Trevor Paglen, Jean Painlevé, Sondra Perry, Fin Serck-Hanssen, J.M.W. Turner, Susanne Winterling and David Zink Yi.

Curaters Susanne Østby Sæther, Stefanie Hessler and Knut Ljøgodt.

The exhibition includes loans from several national and international institutions and private collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Tate Britain in London, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, The National Library in Oslo, Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum in Tromsø and Frac Bretagne in Rennes.

The exhibition is followed by a richly illustrated catalogue with newly commissioned texts. Catalogue editors are Susanne Østby Sæther, Stefanie Hessler and Knut Ljøgodt.

The exhibition and the catalogue are supported by Stiftelsen Fritt Ord.

This exhibition is endorsed by the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development as a Decade Activity.

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Theodor Kittelsen, The Draug – The Ghoul of the Sea

Theodor Kittelsen, The Draug – The Ghoul of the Sea, probably 1880s. Photo: Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum

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