21 & 22 April 2018

Oslo Opens Reference group
Astrup Fearnley Museum for Moderne Art
Atelier Nord
Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus (BOA)
Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF)
Kunstnernes Hus
The National Museum of Art, Archtecture and Design
Norsk Billedhoggerforening (NBF)
Norske Kunsthåndverkere Oslo og Akershus (NKOA)
Norsk senter for teknologi i musikk og kunst (NOTAM)
Norske tekstilkuntnere/SOFT
Tegnerforbundet (TF)
Young Artists Society (UKS)

Norwegian Crafts

Supported by
Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Arts Council Norway
City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Härenstam, Mattias

Sculpture, installation, film, video, printmaking

My practice span over a wide range of different art forms including film, sculpture, installation, printmaking and more. Regardless of material or media, there is a recurrent theme of desire for control and an interest in the situation when it crumbles. Beyond it is the fear of failure and the subsequent fall into some undefined abyss. This “keeping of up appearances at any cost” and the actual cost of doing just that. To me that is not just a psychological or existential state, but just as much a political condition.

Member of NBK, UKS, NBF, NG

Begrensning01 2017
Begrensning (Limitation)
Svakheter innstallasjon
Svakheter, hemmeligheter, løgner (Weaknesses, Secrets, Lies)
Patriark 2016 01
Patriark (Patriarch)
Lekkasje 2016 01
Svakheter, hemmeligheter, løgner I (Lekkasje) / Weaknesses, Secrets, Lies I (Leak)


Born 1971 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Lives and works in Oslo. Educated at The National Academy of Fine Arts, Bergen and Städelsschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt a. M.

Selected soloshows:
The Vigeland Museum, Oslo (2016), Stavanger Art Museum (2016), Konstepidemin, Gothenburg (2016), Nils Aas Kunstverksted (2015), Konstnärshuset, Stockholm (2014), Art-Claims-Impulse, Berlin (2014), Norske Grafikere, Oslo (2014) Østfold Arts Center, Fredrikstad (2014), Luleå Konsthall (2013), Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (2012), Galleri 54, Gøteborg (2012), Tromsø Kunstforening (2012), Akershus Kunstsenter (2011), Skåne Fine Art Society, Malmø (2009), Gallery UKS (2008).

Selected recent group shows:
Lorck Schive Art Prize, Trondheim Art Museum (2017), Kino der Kunst, München (2017), Exitus, Galleri F15, Moss, Forest in Norway, Hubei Museum of Art (2017), Avtrykk, National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, Oslo (2015), Tomrom, Sandefjord og Larvik Art Societies (2015), Exitus, Galerie am Körnerpark, Berlin (2015), Artists’ Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014), The Pleasure of negative emotions, KNIPSU, Bergen (2014), Letter from Mr. Faustus, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2014), Video Art & Experimental Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, New York (2013), Skulpturbiennalen, Vigeland-Museet (2013), Göteborg International Film Festival (2013), Audiovisioni Digitali", Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Roma (2013), “between appropriation and interventions”, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin (2013),

In the collections of The National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture ; Oslo Municipal Art Collection, Stavanger Art Museum etc.

Open on: Saturday


Trafo Kunstnerhus

Hovinveien 1, 0608 Oslo
Subway: Tøyen, Bus 60: Ensjøveien, Bus 20: Munchmuseet