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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Liudvikas Buklys at Contemporary Art Centre

Artist: Liudvikas Buklys Exhibition title: Tongues Alike Curated by: Post Brothers Venue:  Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania Date:  April 22 – May 24, 2015 Photography: CAC/Andrej Vasilenko, images courtesy of the artists and Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius Note: Exhibition text can be found here. The exhibition has been produced in close collaboration with Nick … Read more

Liudvikas Buklys at Cortex Athletico

Artist: Liudvikas Buklys Exhibition title: Rolling holders and windows Venue: Cortex Athletico, Paris, France Date: May 23 – June 21, 2014 Photography: Courtesy of Cortex Athletico Rolling holders and windows = a solo exhibition by Liudvikas Buklys = an articulated grouping of materials—a campsite for ideas. At its centre, a veneered MDF bench offers a … Read more