Announcing our Spring Exhibition Program

Join us for an exciting line-up of exhibitions and events this spring! We begin 2018 with a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Norwegian Textile Artists (NTK) with the group exhibition Ode til en vaskeklut, hymne til en tiger, opening on January 25. In April we will host solo exhibitions by American artist Alex Bag and iconic German toy designer Renate Müller. The will finish the season with a solo exhibition by Skúladóttir & Blomgren as part of this year's Vestlandsutstilligen

Offsite projects and events include an exhibition of artwork by Lina Viste Grønli at Untitled, San Francisco, a presentation of our programming for children and young adults at Bluecoat, Liverpool, and a full line-up of concerts and performances as part of Kunsthall Live. 


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Interview with Michael Bell-Smith

De-Employed, 2012, installation view, Kunsthall Stavanger, 2017. Photo: Jan Inge / Kunsthall Stavanger.

A solo exhibition by American artist Michael Bell-Smith is on view at Kunsthall Stavanger through January 14, 2018. Titled Mall, Punk, the exhibition presents video works created over the last five years as well as a sculptural installation in the Kunsthall's foyer. Below, Bell-Smith discusses his background in the visual arts, the influences behind his aesthetic choices, and his relationship with the term 'moving-image.'

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Art Video for Kids: David Shrigley

Still from David Shrigley, Laundry, 2006.

Concurrent with our new exhibitions Michael Bell-Smith: Mall, Punk and I Heard You Laughing, we are screening a selection of video works by British artist David Shrigley in our lobby as part of our Art Video for Kids program.

David Shrigley (b. 1968) is an artist and illustrator best known for his mordantly humorous cartoons. Self-branded as an outsider in the art world, Shrigley is known for making flat compositions that take on the inconsequential, the bizarre, and the disquieting elements of everyday life. Like the musings of a very wise child displaying the wit and humor of a seasoned observer of the adult world, his illustrations and animations feature darkly funny aphorisms about the world.

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Interview: Myriam Ben Salah and Martha Kirszenbaum

Meriem Bennani, Still from 'Fardaous Funjab', 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.

I Heard You Laughing, a group exhibition of video work from the Middle East in its broad acceptation, is on view at Kunsthall Stavanger from November 9, 2017 – January 14, 2018. Curated by Myriam Ben Salah and Martha Kirszenbaum, the exhibition challenges stereotypical narratives of struggle and rhetoric of the past often associated with Middle Eastern artwork. Below, the curators further describe their research and motivation behind the exhibition. 

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