Bjarne Melgaard

  • Julia Stoschek collection
    October 11, 2019 - January 5, 2020
    10117 BERLIN

    JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION announces a collaboration with Acute Art, London to present a Virtual Reality exhibition programme, premiering with a new work by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard and AR works by Koo Jeong A in October 2019.

    Bjarne Melgaard’s new virtual reality artwork, My Trip (2019) takes the viewer on a journey to the farthest reaches of the dark web. Melgaard compares the experience to taking Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a naturally occurring drug, which is produced by a gland in the brain. DMT is considered the strongest hallucinogenic chemical substance and is found in almost every living organism on earth. Melgaard’s work is influenced by authors Stig Sæterbakken, David Benatar and Paul Ehrlich; The Sofa: A Moral Tale, a 1742 libertine novel by Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon; and, Black Metal band, Darkthrone.

    Featuring characters that have recurred in the artist’s practice for over 25 years, including Lightbulb Man and Octo, in addition to new mutants and personalities created in collaboration with Acute Art, My Trip is a strikingly stimulating visualization of the illusions of a DMT experience.

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    February 16, 2017 - April 9, 2017
    Red Bull Arts New York
    220 West 18th Street
    New York

    Red Bull Arts New York is pleased to announce that its inaugural exhibition, under its new moniker, will be the first large-scale presentation of Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard’s ongoing project, The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment. 

    Coinciding with New York Fashion Week, Melgaard launches The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment, an unrelenting multi-site, multi-night, culmination of his ongoing ‘fashion’ project. Centered around Red Bull Arts New York, which Melgaard and company have transformed into a multilevel psycho-pathological department store that opens to the public on February 16, Gavin Brown’s enterprise will function as the jewelry department – hosting the American launch of his collaboration with jeweler Bjørg Nordli-Mathisen (BJØRG). The same collaborative jewelry collection made its European debut at the Astrup Fearnley Museum this past November in Oslo.

    Produced in collaboration with creative director Babak Radboy, the exhibition will feature a presentation of the eponymous menswear/unisex clothing line, The Casual Pleasure of Disappointmentwhich violently embraces the obsessive and self-destructive aspects of fashion and consumerism. For Melgaard, fashion is a vague nothing at the intersection of a subject and an object — between inadequacy, self-deceit, victimization, ethical compromise, intellectual humiliation, financial/romantic entanglements and corporeal decay — driven by an infinite cycle of disappointment and desire.

    Red Bull Arts New York will be transformed into a derelict department store populated by an army of genetically enhanced mannequins in bespoke looks produced in collaboration with art/fashion stylist Avena Gallagher.

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  • BJARNE MELGAARD + BJØRG: fine jewelry collection
    November 25, 2016 - November 25, 2016
    Astup Fearnley SHOP
    Astrup Fearnley Museum
    Strandpromenaden 2
    0252 Oslo, Norwege
    The collection is based on drawings, sketches and text created by Melgaard, and consists of more than a hundred unique jewellery pieces. All are based in 925 silver and 18-carat solid gold, studded with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and gems in colourful combinations.  
    Here Melgaard’s world is recreated in miniature scale. One part of the collection consists of exclusive, "one of a kind"-jewellery, and is sold exclusively at Astrup Fearnley SHOP the weekend of 25th to 27th of November. 
    A smaller part of the collection is produced in limited, but bigger editions, and these pieces are sold exclusively in the Astrup Fearnley SHOP until January 1st, 2017.
    In collaboration with art director and artist, Babak Radboy (US), it’s also the launch of the Bjarne Melgaard + BJØRG art calendar for 2017, which will also available in the Astrup Fearnley SHOP. With miniature pigs as jewellery and calendar models, each month presents a new scenario from artist Bjarne Melgaard's life!
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    November 14, 2016 - November 14, 2016
    Rizzoli Bookstore
    1133 Broadway @26th Street
    NY 10010
    6-8 pm

    The first monograph on the world-renowned Norwegian contemporary artist Bjarne Melgaard, whose far-reaching work often deals with complex issues such as homoeroticism, addiction, and AIDS. Australian-born Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard started his career in the mid-1990s with neo-expressionistic painting, sculpture, and installation. Organized chaos is one of his main principles in composition and content. His intense way of attacking the canvas paired with a total control of the line where the brush strokes and splashes of paint meet form a base for an explicit narrative. Covering the entirety of Melgaard’s career, this book documents the artist’s way of capturing the tension of the creative moment, which makes his stylistic role models Edward Munch and Emil Nolde ever present.  The variety of dazzling layers in different techniques gives the work a painterly quality that sweeps the viewer into a myriad of colors, forms, and expressions. Liberatory, playful, and unstoppable, Melgaard’s art provides an insight into subcultures that exist alongside the world of normality, and often investigates and pushes the boundaries of societal acceptance. Bjarne Melgaard exquisitely showcases an artist whose variety and complexity of work have been praised worldwide.


    About the Author

    Hans-Ulrich Obrist is an art curator, critic, and art historian. He is codirector of exhibitions and programs and director of international projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London. Glenn O’Brien is an author and essayist who has written extensively on the subjects of art and fashion. His world-syndicated column "The Style Guy" has been the style bible for several generations of men. Ina Blom is an art critic and professor of art history at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Olso. Caroline Busta is a writer and the Editor-in-Chief of Texte zur Kunst in Berlin. Alissa Bennett is an art critic, writer, and the director of Team Gallery. Nick Vogelson is an editor and creative director. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Document Journal.

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  • Book Presentation & Artist Talk
    November 22, 2015 - November 22, 2015
    Sammlung Friedrichshof, Austria

    Sunday November 22, 2015 at 3pm

    We look forward to the presentation of the catalogue that accompanies Bjarne Melgaard’s exhibition Daddies Like You Don't Grow On Palm Trees at Sammlung Friedrichshof. For this exhibition, the artist created a spectacular in-situ installation and dialogue with major artworks from the Viennese Actionists from the 1960s. The exhibition can be visited until November 29, 2015.

    We would also like to invite you to the Artist Talk on November 22, 2015 at 3pm in the Sammlung Friedrichshof with Lars Toft – Eriksen, who curated earlier this year Bjarne Melgaard’s exhibition Melgaard + Munch, The End Of It All Has Already Happened in the Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo and Dr. Hubert Klocker, Director of the Sammlung Friedrichshof who curated the Bjarne Melgaard exhibition Daddies Like You Don't Grow On Palm Trees.

    SAMMLUNG FRIEDRICHSHOF, Römerstrasse 7, 2424 Zurndorf, Austria

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  • Daddies Like You Don't Grow On Palm Trees
    May 16, 2015 - November 30, 2015
    Sammlung Friedrichshof, Zurndorf/Vienna, Austria,

    The Sammlung Friedrichshof in Zurndorf/Vienna, Austria, presents from 16 May 2015 a show by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard entitled Bjarne Melgaard: Daddies Like You Don't Grow On Palm Trees.

    "This show is about the failure and synthesis of a sculpture I made some 15 years ago called Light Bulb Man. The genesis of the show was to take that sculpture and simply wash it out into new models of materialization, mixed together with fashion collaborations as random references to my fashion collection about disappointment and the pleasure attendant to that whole concept.

    The exhibition will include photos, films of photos, and other films. It’s also a show based of seduction and intrigue along matters of age and time, themes that were fundamental to the original Light Bulb Man. The balance of the show will feature an improvised pop-up shop, soundtracks, and new paintings that will infiltrate the permanent collection of the Sammlung Friedrichshof." (Bjarne Melgaard).

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  • Talk with curator Lars Toft-Eriksen
    February 15, 2015 - February 15, 2015
    Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway

    On the occasion of the show Melgaard + Munch - The End Of It Has Already Happened, currently on view at the Munch Museum, Oslo, Bjarne Melgaard and curator Lars Toft-Eriksen will talk about Melgaard's oeuvre, his relation to Edvard Munch's art and working on the exhibition. The talk will take place on Sunday, 15 February 2015 at 2pm at the Munch Museum, Oslo.

    The event is free with an admission ticket to the exhibition.


    Photo: © 2011 Johannes Berg

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    January 31, 2015 - April 1, 2015

    With the exhibition MELGAARD + MUNCH the Munch Museum, Oslo, places Edvard Munch's oeuvre in dialogue with works by the renowned contemporary artist Bjarne Melgaard. With reference to political and social issues, often in the form of marginal and subcultural phenomena, Melgaard’s art often raises provocative and critical questions. This was also the case with Munch in his time. With this exhibition the museum will put Munch’s art to the test of time by placing it up against Melgaard’s, through an examination of the two artists' critical and provocative power.

     MELGAARD + MUNCH will be on show from 31 January until 12 April 2015. For more information please click here.

    Picture:Bjarne Melgaard, Untitled, 2014 © Bjarne Melgaard / BONO, Oslo 2014


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