SPECIAL FEATURE: Selection of shows at 1857

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1857 is an artist-run exhibition space occupying a former lumberyard in Grønland, downtown Oslo. It was founded in 2010 by artists Steffen Håndlykken and Stian Eide Kluge, with graphic designers Eriksen / Brown as essential collaborators.

The space consists of a 280 m2 concrete factory hall, with raw concrete walls and 11 metres to a ceiling with beautiful skylights, which has been joined to an older wooden house with a storefront facing the street.

1857 aims to introduce young international artists to a Norwegian audience, and takes advantage of the high degree of freedom that comes from being an artist-run space in terms of how exhibitions are conceptualised, formulated and presented. There is an on-going conversation that runs through all of the shows about how to challenge or disregard conventions that prevail in institutional exhibition making. This approach has lead 1857 to open-ended collaborations with artists as well as characteristic exhibition designs, press releases and cocktails served on the openings.

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CONFLICTING EVIDENCE at 1857

Artists: Ragna Bley, Magni Borgehed, Hi-5, Tom Humphreys, Mirak Jamal, Carl Mannov Exhibition title: CONFLICTING EVIDENCE Venue: 1857, Olso, Norway Date: June 5 – August 16, 2015 Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and 1857, Oslo For “Omelette” 1857 moves into the territoire of painting at full throttle, and for once with the bulk of … Read more

✚ at 1857

Artists: Tina Braegger, Matthias Gabi, Bernhard Hegglin, Miriam Laura Leonardi, Yoan Mudry, Timothy Standring, Constantin Thun, Urban Zellweger Exhibition title: ✚ Venue:  1857, Oslo, Norway Date:  January 23 – 25, 2015 Photography: Courtesy of 1857 At 1857 a cluster of pieces are gathered, all conceived for the occasion. The title, ✚, has to be understood as an … Read more