Henie Onstad Sanatorium
Installation shot: Attilio Maranzano
For the summer’s major exhibition event, the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter will change its name to Henie Onstad Sanatorium, while characteristic installations will transform the building’s architecture.
To support the central idea behind Höller's exhibition, the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter will change its name to Henie Onstad Sanatorium during the exhibition period. In addition to the temporary name change, the building’s architecture will also be reworked through a series of experimental installations, presenting visitors with a unique set of experiences.
A slide curves from the outside and into the building, while distinctive sculptures invite you to float, move through complete darkness, and fly. The exhibition also includes two robotically-engineered beds, which offer visitors a unique opportunity to spend the night in the exhibition itself.
Re-experience the sanatorium
In the late 1800s and early 1900s there were several sanatoriums in the vicinity of Høvikodden. Built to cure various diseases, sanatoriums were often situated in beautiful scenery, close to the forest and the sea, where the air was healthy. While some were designed to cure tuberculosis, other, older sanatoriums were intended to provide recreation and relaxation, more in line with what we might associate today with a spa visit.
Along the lines of these ideas, and based on the Henie Onstad's unique location, Höller got the idea for the exhibition's title and concept the first time he visited Høvikodden.
Carsten Höller is inspired by research and experiments from the history of science, and uses these techniques to create tools, architecture and installations, aiming to present audiences with unique physical and psychological experiences.
Höller's art can be seen as a set of proposals for radically different ways of living and of being in the world, as expressed in his characteristic architectural alterations, moving beds, walls of flashing lights, or his famous slide installations.