The Atlantic Ocean

Group Exhibition

26.04–15.09.2024: Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, NO

The Atlantic Ocean is a large-scale celebration of the northern sea that has shaped Norway and made the country an international actor, but also critically examines human practices on and in the sea. The exhibition includes around 140 works and objects ranging from original maps from the 16th century to contemporary works. By examining themes such as mapping and extraction, work and leisure at sea, ecology, and gender perspectives, the exhibition conveys the importance of the sea for humans across time and space. The exhibition is part of a series of interdisciplinary exhibitions in which Henie Onstad delves into current societal issues across culture and nature.

The exhibition shows well-known and central works on loan from international and Norwegian museums, and renowned contemporary artists are invited to create new works. Among the artists shown are Gösta Adrian-Nilsson, Betzy Akersloot-Berg, Peder Balke, Anna-Eva Bergman, Anna Boberg, John Constable, Marjolijn Dijkman & Toril Johannessen, Matías Duville, Arne Ekeland, Nicolaus Germanus, Iver Jåks, Theodor Kittelsen, Christian Krohg, Per Krohg, Armin Linke, Olaus Magnus, Eline Mugaas, Edvard Munch, Joar Nango, Abraham Ortelius, Trevor Paglen, Jean Painlevé, Sondra Perry, Fin Serck-Hanssen, J.M.W. Turner, Susanne Winterling and David Zink Yi.

The exhibition is followed by a richly illustrated catalogue with newly commissioned texts. Catalogue editors are Susanne Østby Sæther, Stefanie Hessler and Knut Ljøgodt.

Curators: Susanne Østby Sæther, Stefanie Hessler and Knut Ljøgodt.