Must-See Art Guide: Scandinavia

This week's guide includes Stephan Balkenhol, Roni Horn, and Bernar Venet.

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Helene Billgren. Courtesy of Galleri Magnus Karlsson.
Kira Wager, Helsingfors 1.4 (2014). Courtesy of Galleri K.
Robert Rauschenberg, Erased de Kooning (1953). Courtesy of the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design.
Roni Horn, Untitled (The sensation of longing for an eclipse of the moon) (installation shot) (2013). Courtesy of Peder Lund.
Stephan Balkenhol, Pin up (2014). Courtesy of Galerie Forsblom.
Markus Konttinen, Hymyilevä ja keinuva vihreä / Vaving and Smiling Green (2013). Courtesy of Galerie Forsblom.
Ulf Rollof. Courtesy of Galleri Andersson/Sandström.
Barry X Ball, Envy (2008–2010). Courtesy of McCabe Fine Art.
Bernar Venet, EFFONDREMENTS (installation shot) (2013). Courtesy of Wetterling Gallery.
Elise Storsveen, Geometrisk initiativ 1. Courtesy of Kunstnernes Hus.

Scandinavia, site of the happiest countries in the world, consists of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and, depending on your definition, Finland and Iceland. Nordic Europe may be chilly, but it’s heating up this week thanks to the exciting art events taking place there this month. Most of us are familiar with the local musical talents, including ABBA, Ace of Base, and The Cardigans, but for those of you who are yearning to discover the local art scene, make sure to check out Swedish artist Ulf Rollof at Galleri Andersson/Sandström, where he is featuring his oil paintings and cyanotypes for the first time. Galleri K is also exhibiting oil paintings by Norwegian artist Kira Wager who explores how our visual perception is influenced by memories. In this particular exhibition, her works highlight the two cities where she spent most of her life, Helsinki and Oslo.

If painting is not your thing, take a trip to Copenhagen for the group show titled “Ghost Current” at V1 Gallery, which spans all media, from photography and sculpture to collage. The 20-person show explores conversations about artists, objects, images, intentions, appropriation, context, and meaning. And if your itinerary includes Finland, be sure to check out Stephen Balkenhol’s fourth solo show, “Icons,” at Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki in which he examines the human body in his wooden sculptures of ordinary people. If you want to go back to the basics, stop by the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design in Oslo to see Robert Rauschenberg’s famous Erased de Kooning (1953) drawing, which is on loan from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the 2014 Drawing Biennial.

This region has something to offer for everyone, so be prepared to wander widely.


Exhibition: Ulf Rollof ‘Kleptomani’”

When: November 13–December 13, 2014

Where: Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Hudiksvallsgatan 6, Stockholm, Sweden


Exhibition: Helene Billgren— hjärta h / heart h

When: November 13–December 21, 2014

Where: Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Fredsgatan 12, Stockholm, Sweden


Exhibition: Jon Gundersen og Elise Storsveen

When: November 14, 2014–January 4, 2015

Where: Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo, Norway


Exhibition: Kira Wager Nye arbeider

When: November 14, 2014–December 14, 2015

Where: Galleri K, Bjørn Farmannsgate 6, Oslo, Norway


Exhibition: Bernar Venet ‘Marquettest’”

When: October 17–November 15, 2014

Where: Wetterling Gallery, Kungstradgarden 3, Stockholm, Sweden


Exhibition: Barry X Ball Masterpieces

When: November 20–December 20, 2014 and January 7–Janaury 16, 2015

Where: McCabe Fine Art, Artillerigatan 40, Stockholm, Sweden



When: October 31–November 22, 2014

Where: V1 Gallery, Flæsketorvet 69–71, Copenhagen, Denmark


Exhibition: Roni Horn—Water Teller

When: November 22, 2014–January 24, 2015

Where: Peder Lund, Tjuvholmen allé 27, Oslo, Norway


Exhibition: Stephen Balkenhol: Icons” and “Markus Konttinen: Quirks of Nature

When: October 31–November 23, 2014

Where: Galerie Forsblom, Lönnrotinkatu 5, Helsinki, Finland


Exhibition: Rauschenberg erases de Kooning

When: October 10–November 23, 2014

Where: The National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, P.O. Box 7014 Street. Olavs plass, Oslo, Norway

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