Bjarne Melgaard

Bjarne Melgaard

Born in Sydney in 1967 to Norwegian parents, Bjarne Melgaard was raised in Oslo, Norway, and currently lives and works in New York. Melgaard studied at the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts before moving to The Netherlands in 1991 to complete his studies, first at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam until 1992, then subsequently at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht from 1992 until 1993.

Since the beginning of his artistic career, Melgaard’s installations have focused on subversive themes, often taking inspiration from various provocative subcultures such as S&M and Heavy Metal music. Melgaard’s current practice, known for crossing disciplinary boundaries, is comprised largely of expressionistic drawings and paintings that frequently incorporate text and a wide array of multimedia components. 

In 2000, Melgaard established himself as the “bad boy” of contemporary art with his first solo show in New York, in which he featured sculptures of apes engaged in explicit sexual acts. Since then, his works have become part of the permanent collections of major museums such as the MoMA in New York, the MOCA in Los Angeles, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Strasbourg and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, amongst others.

Bjarne Melgaard has participated in the Venice (2011), Lyon (2013) and Whitney (2014) Biennials. In 2013/2014 the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo opened an exhibition, curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran and Therese Möllenhoff, presenting works from the past 20 years and representing all periods of Melgaard's œuvre. In 2010, the same museum exhibited Jealous, Bjarne Melgaard’s first retrospective exhibition.

From January to April 2015 the Munch Museum Oslo in Norway presented the exhibition Melgaard + Munch - The end of it all has already happened.

 

Photo: © 2013 Johan Lindeberg

Solo exhibitions

2017


Bjarne Melgaard: Pain Poems and Other Drawings, Bohman-Knäpper, Stockholm.


Bjarne Melgaard, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin.


Bjarne Melgaard, Rod Bianco, Oslo. 


The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment, Red Bull Arts New York, New York.


The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment (Bjarne + Bjørg Jewelry Collaboration New York Launch, Gavin Brown enterprise.


 


2016


Bjarne Melgaard:New Work, Fineart, Oslo. 


Blood, Stones and Certain Beasts/ Bjarne Melgaard and Bob Recine, Uncontaminated Art and Fashion Festival at Skur 13, Tjuvholmen, Oslo. 


Psychopathological Notebook, Karma, New York, NY, USA.


Right Here, Right Now, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.


 


2015


The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France.


Melgaard + Munch - The end of it all has already happened, Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway.


Bjarne Melgaard: Daddies Like You Don’t Grow On Palm Trees, Sammlung Friedrichshof, Zurndorf/Vienna, Austria.


Skulptur, Formuesforvaltning AS, Oslo, Norway.


This is what I do to make money, Galleri Fineart, Oslo, Norway.


Puppy Orgy Acid Party, Galerie Forsblom, Oslo, Norway.


Bitter Angel, Faurschou Foundation, Beijing, China.


 


2014


Bjarne Melgaard: Selected Works From The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway


Bjarne Melgaard, Studio Hugo Opdal (in collaboration with Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo), Flø, Norway


 


2013


Bjarne Melgaard in the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway


Bjarne Melgaard: Ignorant Transparencies, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, USA


Frieze New York, (Gavin Brown’s Enterprise), New York, USA


The Armory Show 2013, (Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo), New York, USA


Bjarne Melgaard New Drawings and Prints, Fineart, Oslo, Norway


 


2012


A New Novel by Bjarne Melgaard, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, USA


Bjarne Melgaard: A house to die in, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UK


Bjarne Melgaard: No More Chinotto Forever, Again..., Karma, New York, USA


Bjarne Melgaard, GaleriArtist, Istanbul, Turkey


Baton Sinister, Venezia-Installasjonen, Hauger Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsburg, Norway


Armory Focus: The Nordic Countries, The Armory Show 2012 (Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin; Greene Naftali Gallery, New York; and Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna), New York, USA


Laying the Ghost (Bjarne Melgaard & Sverre Bjernaeus), Rod Bianco, Oslo, Norway


Climate Confusion Assistance (Bjarne Melgaard & Sverre Bjernaeus), Galleri K, Oslo, Norway


Bjarne Melgaard, Karma, New York, USA


 


2011


The Night Within Us, Galerie Guido W. Baudach (Charlottenburg), Berlin, Germany


Baton Sinister, La Biennale Di Venezia, 54th International Art Exhibition, Palazzo Contarini Corfu, Venice, Italy


Bjarne Melgaard: The Sadistic Skater – Part II, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


Bjarne Melgaard: The Sadistic Skater – Part I, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


Bjarne Melgaard, Studio Hugo Opdal, Flø, Norway


 


2010


Inside Patricia, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland


Bjarne Melgaard: Silkscreens, Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo, Norway


Neon Angel, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


Bjarne Melgaard/Rod Bianco “Super Normal“, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Bjarne Melgaard, Rod Bianco, Oslo, Norway


The Synthetic Slut: A Novel By Bjarne Melgaard, Greene Naftali, New York, USA


Bjarne Melgaard – Jealous,  Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Norway


Bjarne Melgaard – Jealous (a mid-career retrospective exhibition),  Astrup Fernley Museum, Oslo, Norway


 


2008


Bjarne Melgaard: Chickenhawk,  Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria


Miss Bjarne Melgaard, A Kidwhore In Manhattan – A Novel, Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany


Art Brussels (Galerie Krinzinger and Galleri Faurschou), Joint booth solo exhibition, Brussels, Belgium


Greenland, Green Naftali, New York, USA


 


2007


Bjarne Melgaard, Galerie Senda, Barcelona, Spain


Mommy’s Boy and Daddy’s Girl, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland


The Glamour Chase, Galleri Furschou, Copenhagen, Denmark


Bjarne Melgaard, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


 


2006


A Weekend of Painting: A Novel by Les Super, Leo Koenig, Inc., New York, USA


Les Super, Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany


Minipigs in Space, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria


 


2005


Not a Painting Show, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


Life is a Lonely Buffalo, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery, Berlin, Germany


Hello, Maybe (Book, Stage Set and Flags in collaboration with Halvor Bodin), Haugar Museum of Art, Tønsburg, Norway


Fin de Copenhague, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark


Bjarne Melgaard, Galleria Senda, Barcelona, Spain


Jasmin La Nuit, The Horse Hospital, London, United Kingdom


Part 1: Chihuahua Hunger All Words Destroy, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany


 


2004


A Concept of Rape, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, USA


Bjarne Melgaard, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


 


2003


The End of the Professional Teenager, Pollack Fine Art at Sketch, London, United Kingdom


Skam, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway


 


2002


Beginnings, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany


Nothing Special, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark


Interface to God, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany


Black Low: The Punk Movement Was Just Hippies with Short Hair, MARTa Herford Museum, Hannover, Germany


Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy


 


2001


Kill Me Before I do it Myself, Galleria Laura Pecci, Milan, Italy


Bjarne Melgaard, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria


 


2000


The Mutilation of the Apes, New York, Alleged Gallery, New York, USA


New Works, Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Sweden


The Myth Of A Young Washingmachine, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway


The Only Weapon You Have In A Society Like This Is A Clear Mind..., Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway


Victor Boullet featuring Bjarne Melgaard, Hot Rod Tea Room, Oslo, Norway


 


1999


The Conquest of Islam, Art Basel/Statements (Galleri Riis, Oslo), Basel, Switerland


 


1998


Bjarne Melgaard: Everything American Is Evil, the Return To Constantiople, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland


Bjarne Melgaard’s More Pricks than Kicks, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway


Up Late, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway


 


1997


Bjarne Melgaard: Free From Content, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


New Love, Old Paint (Dedicated to Margaux Hemingway), Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway


 


1996


Confessions of a Recovering Minimalist, Bjarne Melgaard – Guillaume Bijl, Galleri c/o Alte Gerhardsen, Oslo, Norway


 


Group exhibitions

2017


Divided States of America, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, New York. 


 


2016


Painters' Painters, Saatchi Gallery, London.


Expanding Frontiers: La Fondation Hippocrène Invite La Kaviar Factory, La Fondation Hippocrène, Paris. 


Baby I'm a Star, Romeo, New York. 


Golden Eggs, Team Gallery, New York.


The Present in Drag, Ninth Berlin Biennale, Berlin.


 


2015


Some Gallerist's, M/L Artspace at the Duck, Berlin. 


The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. 


He Put a Hot Fish in Her Navel, EMBAJADA, San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Summer Exhibition, Skarstedt, London. 


A Walk, Tripoli Gallery, East Hampton, New York. 


Intimate Paintings, Half Gallery, New York. 


What's Wrong with We, Martos Gallery, Los Angeles. 


Alex Da Corte:Die Hexe, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York. 


Call and Response, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York. 


 


2014


Early Man, The Hole, New York. 


Amerika, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach.


Speak Through Art, Kaviar Factory, Henninsvaer, Lofoten, Norway


In The Bedroom, M/L Artpace, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, USA


9 Artists,  MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambrige, Massachusetts, USA


Depression,  François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


2014 Whitney Biennale, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, USA


DISown – Not For Everyone, Red Bull Studios, New York, USA


The Drawing Room, Magasin 3 Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden


 


2013


Empire State – Art from New York, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin/Paris, France


JULEUTSTILLINGEN, Galleri Dobloug, Oslo, Norway


9 Artists, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA


12th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France


PANORAMA, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


Momentum, The 7th Nordic Biennial for Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway


Munch by Others, Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway


DSM-V at the Future Moynihan Station, New York, USA


Empire State – Art from New York, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy


Norsk 90 Tall, Kaare Berntsen, Oslo, Norway


Chicken or Beef?, The Hole, New York, USA


Looking Back: The White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York, USA


New Arrivals, Kaare Berntsen, Oslo, Norway


 


2012


Bulletin Boards,  Venus Over Manhattan and White Columns, New York, USA


Context Message, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, USA


Undetectable, Visual AIDS at La MaMa Galleria, New York, USA


Drawings, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


Face/OFF, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin, Germany


 


2011


DRAWINGS, Rod Bianco, Oslo, Norway


Moment: Ynglingagatan 1, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden


JUEUTSTILLINGEN, Galleri Dobloug, Oslo, Norway


Grisaille, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, USA


The Social Failure, Maccarone, New York, USA


After Shelley Duvall ’72, Maccarone, New York, USA


Scandinavian Rhapsody/Scandinavian Artists, Galerie Proarta, Zürich, Switzerland


Absolute Installation, Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design, Oslo, Norway


 


2010


Group Show, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


Sweat, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland


Forced Exposure, Team Gallery, New York, USA


Norse Soul: the legacy of Edvard Munch, social demorcracy, old myths, anarchy and death longings, Katzen Art Center, American University, Washington DC, USA


 


2009


DAMASCUS, Rod Bianco, Oslo, Norway


Latte in Watte, Gallery Riis, Oslo, Norway


Sketches in Heaven and Hell, Trafo Kunsthall, Asker, Norway


Two Shows: Peeps/Pisoletto, The Amie & Tony James Gallery, The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, New York, USA


REALISME/REALISMER, Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, Norway


Nachspiel/Vorspiel, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway


 


2008


Edvard Munch: Tribute And Inspiration, Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark


Works on Paper by Gallery Artists and Ricci Albenda, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, USA


Works on Paper, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland


Jekyll Island, Honour Fraser, Los Angeles, USA


Accrochage, Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark


That’s the Way It Is, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany


 


2007


Euro-Centric, Part 1: New European Art from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA


Off The Wall, Patricia Low Contemporary at RENTAL, New York, USA


Fall Exhibition, Kaare Berntsen, Oslo, Norway


25 Jahre Galerie Crone – Jubiläumsausstellung, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany


Destroy Athens: 1st Athens Biennale 2007, Athens, Greece


Beneath the Underdog, Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA


The Socerer’s Apprentice: Late Picasso & Contemporary Painters, Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark


Hardcore. Drawing, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway


ROCK ‚N‘ ROLL Volume I, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway


Daydreams and Nightmares, Works from the Collection of Tor Juul, The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway


Aggression of Beauty II, Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany


Spring Exhibition, Kaare Berntsen, Oslo, Norway


7011 Vestfossen, ARENA Vestfossen, Vestfossen, Norway


Gallery Swap (Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin and Hotel, London), Hotel, London, United Kingdom


 


2006


Bjarne Melgaard, Sven’t Jolle, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Erik Van Lieshout, Angel Vergara, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


Marie-Louise Ekman/Bjarne Melgaard, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden


Helter/Helter, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France


Reflections, Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark


After Munch: Norweigian Contemporary Art, Pollock Fine Art, Londonm United Kingdom


 


2005


Papier, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany


ROM for ROM – International Art, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway


Goetz meets Falckenberg, Sammlung Falckenberg/Phoneix Kulturstiftung, Hamburg, Germany


Superstars: The Celebrity Factor. From Warhol to Madonna,  Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria


With Us against reality, or against us, Galleri S.E, Bergen, Norway


The Horse Hospital, London, United Kingdom


30 Years – 30 Artists, Galleri Dobloug, Oslo, Norway


 


2004


Bjarne Melgaard, Galeria SENDA, Barcelona, Spain


Central Station, The Harald Falckenberg Collection, la maison rouge, Paris, France


Diaries and Dreams, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal-Unteröwisheim, Germany


Fall Show, Galleri Tonne, Oslo, Norway


Norwegian and International Art, Galleri Tonne, Oslon, Norway


The Black Album, Rock e dintorni, Antonio Colombo Arte Contempranea, Milan, Italy


BODY from Munch to Melgaard, Kisefos-Museet, Jevnaker, Norway


The Netherlands: Secrets from the 90’s, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, The Netherlands


Playlist, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


Scream: 10 artists x 10 writers x 10 scary movies, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA


In a Norwegian Wood. Norwegian Art of the Last Decade,  Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland


 


2003


Expressive Nordic Painting, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark


TABOO! The Art of Exotica Entertainment, Galerie Roger Pailhas, Marseille, France


Tirol Transfer, Austrian Cultural Forum, Warsaw, Poland


Twilight, Gimpel Fils, London, United Kingdom


De bortbjudna – Malmö Art Museum,  Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden


Summer Exhibition, Galleri Tonne West, Oslo, Norway


Summer Exhibition, Galleri Tonne, Oslo, Norway


Models & Mavericks: Exceptional positions in the collection contemporary art, Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands


The Painting never dries... Reflections over paintings in the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway


Phantom of Desire, Visions of Masochism in Art, Neue Falerie Graz, Graz, Austria


Bjarne Melgaard, Sven’t Jolle, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Erik Van Lieshout, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


Accrocharge, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark


Moderna Museet c/o BAC, Baltic Art Center, Visby, Sweden


M_ARS: ART AND WAR, Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria


Tra Est e Ovest, Gas Art Gallery, Turin, Italy


 


2002


Black Low // The Punk Movement Was Just Hippies With Short Hair, MARTa Herford Museum, Herford, Germany


Hommage an Rudolf Schwarzkogler, an exhibtion to mark the 30th anniversairy of Galerie Krinzinger, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria


Extension: Works from the Collection,  Magasin 3 Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden


 


2001


Det Lille Galleri, Nasjonalmuseet – Nettverk Galleri, Oslo, Norway


New Heimat, Frankfurter Kunsterein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


 


2000


Sharing Exoticisms, 5th Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon,  Lyon, France


PHONEIX ART 2001: Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Gunlach, Lafrenz und Falckenberg, Sammlung Falckenberg/Phoneix Kulturstiftung, Hamburg, Germany


Civil Disobedience, Sammlung Falckenberg, Hannover, Germany


Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Spain


Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


Organizing Freedom: Nordic Art in the 1990’s, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark


Organizing Freedom: Nordic Art in the 1990’s, Modern Museum, Stockholm, Sweden


The myth of a young washing machine, Oslo Museum of Contempoary Art Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway


Momentum: Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway


 


1999


Zeitwenden: Rückblick und Ausblick, Kunstmseum, Bonn, Germany


Cowboys Who Are Poets Know It (guest starring Raoul Bernard St Summierre and Rod Bo bel / An Exhibition of Drawings, Galerie Annette De Deyser, Antwerp, Belgium
Moon over Islam,  Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K), Gent, Belgium
Umfeld, Umwelt, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium




1998


Mainfesta II, European Biennale of Contemporary Art, Luxemburg, Luxemburg


Reinterpretation of Crystal Meth II, XXIV Biennale de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brasil


White Nights, CODE, Bergen, Norway


Softcore (Arkipelag Festival), National Historial Museum, Stockholm, Sweden


Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany


 


1997


Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


 


1996


De Rode Poort (The Red Gate), S.M.A.K (Museum of Contemporary Art), Gent, Belgium


 


1995


JULEUTSTILLINGEN, Galleri Dobloug, Oslo, Norway


Dixi: a presentation of 34 emerging Norwegian artists, Oslo, Norway


 




SELECTED PROJECTS


 


2015


The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment, ready-to-wear fashion collection, spring-summer 2015, designed by Bjarne Melgaard, art direction and production by Babak Radboy, design direction by Gerlan Marcel


 


2014


Bjarne Melgaard for Spike No. 39 – Housewife, poster (signed edition of 25), supported by Galerie Krinzinger


Brice Dellsperger BODY DOUBLE, Red Bull Studios, New York, March 29, 2014; selection of work by Brice Dellsperger presented by Bjarne Melgaard and DIS Magazine


Russian Kiss – The Project, Idea/concept: Annie & Bjarne Melgaard, Art Director: Bjarne Melgaard, Curator/Project Manager: Nicholas Mollerhaug


Russian Kiss – The Short Movie,  Release date: February 7, 2014; Director: Richard Kern, Production: DT Films


Russian Kiss – The Soundtrack, Release date: February 7, 2014; Melody: Annie, Lyrics: Annie & Richard X, Production: Richard X, Additional Vocals: Bjarne Melgaard & Andy Baumecker, Label: Totally Records


 


2013


Dans Ma Chambre, featuring works by 137AC, New York; curated by Bjarne Melgaard in collaboration with Annatina Miescher


Venus Over Manhattan, New York; Gang Bust, William Copley and Big Fat Black Cock, Inc., curated by Bjarne Melgaard


Document No. 2, The Pleasure of Being Unwanted, cover art and feature, Spring 2013, photographs by Cedric Buchet with Fashion Editor Sabina Schreder


White Columns, New York; Sverre Bjertnes: If you really loved me you would be able to admit that you’re ashamed of me, A Projective Identification by Bjarne Melgaard


 


2012


Wallpaper, December 2012, Limited Edition cover


DnB NOR Bank Headquarters, Oslo, public commission for the lobby of the DnB NOR’s new headquarters building. The commission also includes an animation video and the design and branding for the DnB NOR credit cards issued worldwide.


Ramiken Crucibe, New York, IDEAL POLE: A Repetition Compulsion By Bjarne Melgaard, Part One: Undoing (what has been done): Tigers by the Pool; Part Two: All Words Destroy; Part Three: Guy Bourdin, Styled to Death


Studio Collaboration with patients of Annatina Meischer, Bjarne Melgaard Studio, Brooklyn; Bjarne Melgaard collaborated in a studio progam with Dr. Annatina Meischer for a diverse group of her artist patients who are emotionally, mentally and/or physcially challenged or in long-term recovery from substance abuse.


 


2011


Maccarone, New York; The Social Failure, curated by Bjarne Melgaard


Maccarone, New York; After Shelley Duvall ’72, curated by Bjarne Melgaard


La Biennale Di Venezia, 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice; Beyond Death: Viral Discontents And Contemporary Notions About AIDS. Guest Professor for the Graduate Program of Visual Arts at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Università IUAV di Venezia.


 


2010


Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm; Don Juan in the Village, curated by Bjarne Melgaard


 


2008


Greene Naftali Gallery, New York; Gay Zoo, video in collaboration with Halvor Bodin


 


2007


Leo Koenig, Inc., New York; You Always Move In Reverse, curated Bjarne Melgaard


 


2006


Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin; My Catalan Whore: A Novel by Bjarne Melgaard, released in connection with the exhibition Les Super at Galerie Guido W. Baudach. ISBN 978-3-00-019282-1


Bibliography

FILMOGRAPHY


 


2017


Goodbye to Love, Directed by Babak Radboy, Duration: 0:08:51


Dogs are the Best (Poodle Video), Directed by Babak Radboy, Duration: 0:06:59


 


2016


Liberation (Flag Video), Directed by Babak Radboy, Duration: 0:02:21


Unititled (Smartphone Video), Directed by Babak Radboy, Duration: 0:04:01


 


2015


Lucy, A Film by David Oramas and Bjarne Melgaard, Duration: 0:04:05


Crystal, A Film by David Oramas and Bjarne Melgaard, Duration: 0:03:08


 


2014


Untitled (Whitney Biennial), A Film By Bjarne Melgaard, directed by Sebastian Mlynarski, prouduced by Adam Dugas, Duration 0:11:45


 


2013


Pepto Abysmal, produced and directed by Gabe Bartalos for Bjarne Melgaard, Duration 0:06:23


The awakening and consumption of Heidi Fleiss as she talks to a brioche named Austin,  A film by Bjarne Melgaard, produced and directed by Johannes Worsøe Berg, Duration 0:09:44


If you really loved me you would be able to admit that you’re ashamed of me , A film by Bjarne Melgaard and Sverre Bjertnes, directed by Micah Perta and Ana Sanchez, Duration 0:07:16


 


2012


Antwerp, written by Bjarne Melgaard, produced and directed by Gabe Bartalos/Atlantic West Effects, Duration 0:04:50


 


2011


After Shelley Duval ’72 (Frogs on the High Line), directed by Sebastian Mlynarski, Duration 1:09:35


Untitled (Bjarne Melgaard Interviews Leo Bersani), directed by Sebastian Mlynarski, Duration 0:98:19


 


2009


Untitled (Kelley Walker), Duration 0:10:10


 


2008


Gay Zoo


 


2000


All Gym Queens Deserve to Die, Duration 0:33:30


 


1998


Artist In Search Of God Within His Own Limitations


Untitled, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, shown in connection with Bjarne Melgaard, curated by Bart De Baere


 


WRITINGS


Color Pulse, Bjarne Melgaard, Muse, Art in America, November 2012, pp.76-77


A New Novel, Bjarne Melgaard, Oslo: Aschehoug & Co, Autumn 2012, First Edition, English


Alarma! Boyfriends: A Story by Bjarne, Bjarne Melgaard, New York: Karma, January 2012, English


The Synthetic Slut, A Novel, 2010, English


Harry Bleak, A Novel by Rod Bianco, 2010, English


Jealous. A Novel by Bjarne Melgaard, New York: 2030, Oslo: Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art,  2010, English


The Best of Nothing, A Novel, 2009, English


Mr. Flower, A Novel in Five Parts, 2009, English


Greenland. A Novel, 2008, English


Recovery, A Novel, 2008, English


Miss Bjarne Melgaard: A Kidwhore in Manhattan, A Novel, Germany: Galerie Guido W. Baudach, 2008


Daddy, a novel,  2007, English


Gstaad Life, a novel, 2007, English


My Catalan Whore, a novel, 2006, English


The Only Weapon You Have In A Society Like This Is A Clear Mind..., Bjarne Melgaard, Oslo: Galleri Riis, 2000, pp.192, English, Limited Edition of 1000


Casanova in the South Pacific, a novel, Sydney: South Pacific Publishing Company, 1995, English


 


CATALOGUES, ESSAYS & INTERVIEWS


The Art Album: Exploring the Connection Between Hip-hop Music and Visual Art, interviews by Danny Simmons and Russel Simmons, Dawud Knuckles, Art on Dekz, 2013


Sverre Bjertnes: If you really loved me you would be able to admit that you’re ashamed of me. A Projective Identification by Bjarne Melgaard, afterword by Matthew Higgs, New York: White Columns, 2013, Edition of 1000


Bjarne Melgaard A House to Die In, Essay, “Houses to Die In„, Ina Bloom, London: The Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2012


Baton Sinister, Essay by Alissa Bennet, Tønsberg: Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, 2012


Alissa Bennett Laying The Ghost, Sverre Bjarne, Climate Confusion Assistance, Essay by Alissa Bennett, Oslo: Galleri K and Rod Bianco Gallery, February 2012


Grisaille, Alison Gingeras, Luxembourg & Dayan, London and New York, 2012


--05, --On my gravestone it’s gonna say: I am never coming back, Bjarne Melgaard & The Institute of Social Hypocrisy, Lauren Monchar, 2011, Edition of 1000


Rod Bianco, Bjarne Melgaard & Ann Demester, Appel Arts Centre, 2010, English


Bjarne Melgaard: Jealous, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hanne Beate Ueland and Grete Arbu, Oslo: Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, 2010


SKAM: Bjarne Melgaard, Bjarne Melgaard, Festspill ut Utstilling, Bergen Kunsthall, 2003


Societé Anonyme, Bjarne Melgaard & Halvor Bodin, Kiel: Kunsthalle zu Kiel, 2002


Black Low, Bjarne Melgaard, Herford: MARTa Herford Museum, 2002


Public and private collections

BELGIUM


Collection S.M.A.K, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent


 


FINLAND


KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki


 


FRANCE


Musée de Strasbourg, Strasbourg


 


GERMANY


MARTa Herford Museum, Herford


 


THE NETHERLANDS


Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


 


NORWAY


Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo


Billedgalleri, Norwegian Art Council, Oslo


Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg


Malmö Konstmuseum, Bergen


Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo


Munch Museum, Oslo


The National Gallery, Oslo


National Museum, Oslo


Sparebankstiftelsen DNB NOR, Oslo


 


SWEDEN


Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm


Moderna Museet, Stockholm


 


UNITED KINGDOM


Saatchi Gallery Collection, London


 


USA


High Museum of Art, Atlanta


The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles


The Museum of Modern Art, New York


The Rubell Family Collection, Miami