August 30, 2014


Wednesday - Sunday 11 am - 4 pm.

Closed Monday and Tuesday.

HKH Queen Sonja visits Kunsthall Stavanger

Yesterday, HRH Queen Sonja of Norway visited Kunsthall Stavanger and Torbjørn Rødland's exhibition The Yellow Shell, which is this year's art exhibition in conjunction with ONS - the oil and energy fair in Stavanger. The Queen also visited the Swiss artist Nicolas Party's exhibition The Hertervig Rooms.

Additional visitors included Norway's Minister of Culture Torhild Widwey, County Governor Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa, and Deputy Mayor Bjørg Tysdal Moe.

Kunsthall Stavanger opened a year ago, and has had a very positive development both in terms of visitor numbers and memberships.

The Yellow Shell is open until September 28. This week's opening hours are noon - 7 pm, and admission is free during ONS.

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Flag of the Week: Santiago Mostyn

In 2014, Kunsthall Stavanger is excited to host the entire range of curator Randi Berger’s flag project, now in it’s fourth iteration (previous sites include New York City, Bergen, and Nesflaten). Each flag (there are 53 altogether) has been individually commissioned by Berger from a wide range of Norwegian and international artists and collectives, and will be flown outside of the Kunsthall Stavanger one at a time, for one week each over the course of the year.

Sunday August 24 – Sunday August 31: Santiago Mostyn, Untitled (I Need a Miracle)

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Interview with Randi Grov Berger

Flag Stavanger is the third iteration of an ongoing public project by Norwegian curator Randi Grov Berger, currently on view daily outside of Kunsthall Stavanger. The ever-evolving exhibition has grown to include over 60 Norwegian and international artists, each addressing issues of citizenship, power, identity and nationality with a personally designed flag. Here Randi Grov Berger talks with us about the ideas behind her flag project, the founding of her gallery, Entrée, in Bergen, and the importance of naiveté. 

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August 18, 2014

Lars Hertervig

Lars Hertervig

The joint history of Kunsthall Stavanger’s building and that of the Romantic painter Lars Hertervig was what inspired Swiss artist Nicolas Party to pay homage to the local artist in his current exhibition at Kunsthall Stavanger. Even though Party's exhibition, titled Landscape, closed on August 10, the four galleries dedicated to Hertervig's work will reopen on August 23 and remain open until November, under the new title The Hertervig Rooms. Here, Mirja Majevski, curatorial intern at Kunsthall Stavanger, recounts the story of Hertervig and one of the largest collections of his works.

Born 1830 in to a family of poor farmers, Lars Hertervig went on to pursue an unusual career in painting. With financial support from more privileged citizens who recognized his talent, Hertervig entered the Royal Drawing School in Christiania (Oslo) and proceeded to study under Romantic landscape painters Hans Gude and Erik Bodom at the acclaimed Arts Academy of Düsseldorf. However, before completing his studies, Hertervig suffered an outbreak of mental illness. After spending one and a half years in Gaustad asylum in Christiania, he permanently settled in his native Stavanger area. Though Hertervig’s diagnose, first with melancholia and later with dementia, has been much debated, one thing is certain; labeled as “incurably insane” and isolated from the art world Hertervig went on to develop a unique and personal painting style.

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