Munchmuseet on the Move is a four-year, off-site curatorial project of contemporary art. The aim of the project is to continue and develop the work of the Stenersen Museum in Vika (1994-2015), now part of the Munch Museum. Munchmuseet on the Move consists of two parts: a series of contemporary art commissions, shown in the area between the current Munch Museum at Tøyen and the new museum, currently under construction on the waterfront of Bjørvika; and a series of exhibitions connected to the Stenersen Collection of paintings, drawings and prints, curated and organised by Kunsthall Oslo at a new gallery in Dronning Eufemias gate.
The aim of the contemporary art programme is to establish relationships with the neighbourhoods the Munch Museum will be moving through towards the opening of the new museum, a mile down the road from its current location at Tøyen, in 2020. The art projects in 2016 are locally anchored in Bydel Gamle Oslo (the borough of Old Oslo), and characterised by dialogue with the existing art scene in the area. The contemporary art programme has been curated by Natalie Hope O’Donnell, in conversation with the Exhibitions Department at the Munch Museum.
The first event of 2016 was a conference in April, which revisited Prosjekt i Gamlebyen (PiG) as a historical precedent, organised in collaboration with Kunsthall Oslo. PiG was a series of contemporary art commissions and musical events that took place in the area of Old Oslo in 1994, the same year that the Stenersen Museum opened. May saw the presentation of a new work, commissioned from artists Marte Eknæs and Nicolau Vergueiro, which is entitled Open 24 hours and runs the length of the building site of the new Munch Museum in Bjørvika, depicting various fictional and actual events from the area. Early summer of 2016 sees the development of a new commission by Norwegian artist Marthe Ramm Fortun, Stones to the Burden, which draws on stories from local residents at Tøyen, using sculptural elements as a conversational tool. This process will culminate in a performance on the city-traversing number 20 bus from Skøyen in the west to Tøyen in the east. In the summer of 2016, Swedish artist Sofia Hultin will carry out her project I’m Every Lesbian – Oslo, a walking tour that recounts the personal narratives of queer women, connected to places and buildings in the city. A downloadable audio-guide and small maps will be available to visitors to the Munch Museum throughout the summer.
In September, Oslo-based artist Jon Benjamin Tallerås will present a new work in three parts: a billboard at the Munch Museum, an audio-guide entitled Footnotes that offers an alternative view of the city and its urban landscape, and guides visitors to a second display of work at a temporary gallery in Tøyenbekken. In October, Oslo-based artist Fadlabi will revisit his earlier publication På Gebrokkent, a series of stories and observations from the area of Grønland, to create a new audio-visual work. In collaboration with the Young Artists’ Association (UKS), an open call was issued for proposals for art projects in the borough of Old Oslo. A joint jury selected a combination of two submissions: a writing workshop in the local prison by Hanne Ramstad and Rebekka Nystabakk, and a performance based on this textual material by Amelia Beavis-Harrison. The public presentation of this work will take place at the end of 2016 at a designated venue near the prison.
Each project will be accompanied by a small publication, which will be available at the Munch Museum. For further information on the projects in Munchmuseet on the Move please go to the following links or see the events on social media:
The Munch Museum and Kunsthall Oslo: The Imaginist Bauhaus
The Munch Museum, Whitelight Theatre F and 1857: From Butter to Margarine
The Munch Museum and UKS present: Amelia Beavis-Harrison and the duo Hanne Ramsdal and Rebekka Nystabakk
Fadlabi: På Gebrokkent II
Kai Fjell: Scener
Jon Benjamin Tallerås: wander ponder going yonder
Marte Ramm Fortun: Stones to the Burden
Marte Eknæs and Nicolau Vergueiro: Open 24 hours
Sofia Hultin: I’m Every Lesbian - Oslo