It´s the autumn again, a fantastic colorful season in Oslo and also the time to go back to museums after a sunny and outdoor summer. One of our favorite one is Astrup Fearnley Museet. If you haven’t been there yet or if you are in Oslo for a weekend, you should definitely visit it. At the moment and until the 15th of november, you can see an exhibition of the English artist Damien Hirst. Born in 1965, Hirst is commonly acknowledged to be one of the most influential artists of his generation. He holds a special position within the Astrup Fearnley Museet, which now boasts a significant collection of his works, starting with the acquisition of Mother and Child (Divided) (1993) in 1996. The museum’s entire collection of Hirst’s works has now been brought together for the first time,. This centerpiece of the exhibition, a platinum cast of a human skull set with diamonds called “For the Love of God” (never shown before in Scandinavia), acts as a memento mori, reminding the viewer of the fragility of life. The dazzling beauty of the diamonds, combined with the skull, a symbol of death, demonstrate Hirst’s enduring fascination in the means by which mankind attempts to comprehend its own mortality. To learn more about the exhibition click on this link.
From the 16.10.15 to the 31.01.16, the museum will propose a new exhibition called “Good Morning America”, which will cast light on how, in the late 1970s and the 1980s, an important group of American artists invented a new form of artistic language, ideas and clichés found in American art and consumer culture. The exhibition will include works by Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Charles Ray.
Photo©Damien Hirst – For the Love of God, 2007
Astrup Fearnley Museet
Strandpromenaden 2, 0252 Oslo.