27 & 28 April 2019

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)

Härenstam, Mattias

Sculpture, printmaking, film/video

Having grown up in self-proclaimed utopia of the Swedish welfare state in its prime and with a family history of mental illness and suicide, my work often deals with the conflict between the polished surface of society and what is hidden beneath it. My practise 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. It is a personal narrative dealing with issues of control / loss of control and the fear of weakness and failure, especially in relation to a shifting male role model. In my sculptural work I use material ripe with connotations of the predominately male sculpture tradition such as stone and wood, but seek to undermine or subvert them. The once strong, powerful and eternal materials appear as fragile, soft and transitional.

Member of NBK, UKS, NBF, NG

Limitation01 2017
Begrensning (Limitation)
S,h,l 2016 01 s eng
Weaknesses, Secrets, Lies, The Vigeland Museum
Patriarch eng
Patriark (Patriarch)
New woodcuts 06
August (natt) / August (Night)

Planned projects and exhibitions

Galleri Norske Grafikere, Oslo (solo) Sep 19
Trafo Kunsthall, Asker (group) Oct 19
Public Commissions : Universitetsmuseet i Bergen, KORO (permanent sculptures), May 19
KUR, Ulleråker, Uppsala, Sweden (permanent sculpture), Sep 19



Educated at National Academy of Fine Arts, Bergen, Norway and Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main (Prof. Hermann Nitsch)


Abendland, Trykkeriet – Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Bergen
Later that night, Festival exhibition, Nordland Music Week, Bodø Fine Arts Society /Stormen Concert Hall, Bodø
Scenes from a reconstruction, Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger
Weaknesses, Secrets, Lies, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo
Branching, Stavanger Art Museum (with Lars Hertervig)
Later that night, Konstepidemin, Gothenburg
Mattias Härenstam, Nils Aas Kunstverksted, Inderøy, Norway
Mattias Härenstam/ Kristine Halmrast, Oppland Kunstsenter, Lillehammer
Mattias Härenstam, Art-Claims-Impulse Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
Sketches for a re-animation, Konstnärshuset, Stockholm
Reconstruction, Norske Grafikere, Oslo
Sketches for a re-animation, Østfold Art Centre, Fredrikstad, Norway
Temporary Intermission, Luleå Konsthall, Sweden
In the middle of Sweden, Galleri Rostrum, Malmö, Sweden
Fear of Failure, Tromsø Fine Art Society, Norway
I know you are there, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
28 February 1986, Galleri 54, Gothenburg
28 February 1986, Akershus Art Centre, Norway
Drawing circles (…the distance is always the same), Tidens krav, Oslo.
The Diary of the unknown Consumer, Skånes Konstförening, Malmö
The Diary of the unknown Consumer, Galleri UKS, Oslo.


Frail Mighty, Stavanger Kunsthall
20/20, Virserums Konsthall, Sweden.
Stafett, Fotogalleriet, Oslo
HøyTrykk, Hå Gamle Prestegård
Lorck Schive Art Prize, Trondheim Art Museum
Kino der Kunst, Munich
Oslo Visions, 17th Seoul International Newmedia Festival
Exitus, Galleri F15, Norway
Forest in Norway, Hubei Museum of Art, China
Impressions. Five centuries of woodcuts, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
Exitus, Galerie am Körnerpark, Berlin
Tomrom, Sandefjord and Larvik Fine Art Societies
Spring depot, Tenthaus, Oslo
Artists Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, London
FEC European Short Film Festival, Reus, Spain
Letter from Mr. Faustus / Back to Berlin, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel
The Pleasure of negative emotions, KNIPSU, Bergen
Brüch Stücke, Theater im Palais / Art-Claims-Impulse, Berlin
MADE, Vita Kuben, Norrlandsoperan, Umeå, Sweden
Moviebox, Hydrogenfabrikken Kunsthall, Fredrikstad
Grafikk!, Buskerud Art Centre, Drammen
Minimalen Short Film Festival, Trondheim, Norway
Norwegian Sculpture Biennale, Vigeland Museum, Oslo
Göteborg International Film Festival, Gothenburg
Audiovisioni Digitali, Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome
between appropriation and interventions, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin
Video Art & Experimental Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, New York
Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea
Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad
Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
The Annual National Exhibition of the Visual Arts, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
Umeå International Short Film Festival, Sweden.
Trafo Kunsthall, Norway
Portrait in the moving image, IKFU, Jönköpings Läns Museum, Sweden
Trä / Wood 2013, Virserums Konsthall, Sweden.
Videoholica, SAMCA – Museum for Contemporary Art, Sofia
Screengrab, New Media Arts Award, Townsville, Australia
Kort, KinoKino, Sandnes
Videosincracy, Galleria Limiti Inchiusi Arte Contemporanea, Campobasso, Italy
Videoguerrilha, São Paolo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia.
Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film Festival, Malaysia
The Annual National Exhibition of the Visual Arts, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
The 25th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille and Alexandria, Egypt
Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece
L’Oeil d’Oodaaq, Rennes
Oslo Screen Festival, Oslo
CologneOFF (touring videofestival)
InsideOut Step2 – Latest trends in Western Videoart, White Box Museum of Art, Beijing
OK Video FLESH, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta
Arte Video Roma Festival, Rome
The 24th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille and Paris.
Vårutstillingen, Fotogalleriet, Oslo
between appropriation and interventions, Christianssands Kunstforening
That’s entertainment!, The Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad
NewScreen NewCastle, Newcastle
Videoholica, Varna, Bulgaria
21st International Videofestival, Bochum
Art:Screen at Beaconsfield, London and the International Film Festival, Rotterdam.
Flaggfabrikken presenterer Nordic Art Express, touring videoscreening
Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
Art Kino # 7, Rio, Stockholm
Invisible Violence, FestArte, MACRO, Rome.
The Annual National Exhibition of the Visual Arts, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo


National Museum for Art, Design and Architecture, Oslo
Oslo Municipal Art Collection
Stavanger Art Museum
Haugesund Art Museum


Lifetime grant, Norwegian Government 2010
Nominated for the Lorck Schive Art Prize, 2017
Nominated for The Art Critics Award for Weaknesses, Secrets, Lies, The Vigeland Museum 2016
Nominated for the Amanda Award in the category Best Norwegian Shortfilm for Reconstruction, 2013
Nominated for The Queen Sonia Print Award, 2018.

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