Mattias Härenstam

Impressions, The National Gallery, Oslo

   On Thursday Nov 5 at 18h the large group show Avtrykk. Tresnitt fra fem århundrer (Impressions. Five centuries of woodcuts) opens at the National Gallery in Oslo. The exhibition will showcase the woodcut and its many functions and stylistic possibilities. With varying degrees of popularity, the age-old woodcut technique has been in use since the sixteenth century, and there seems recently to be a renewed interest in this art form. 
  The exhibition, which is primarily based on the museum’s own holdings, focuses on the functions and stylistic possibilities allowed by the woodcut. The thematic division indicates above all how both material and technique have influenced the artists’ visual styles. 
   Iconic works by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Hiroshige, Hokusai, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde and many more, are being shown along a selection of the museums' collection of work by contemporary artists, among them Down there by Mattias Härenstam. Next to Down there (acquired by the museum in 2014), a new version of Fear of failure also will be presented. The show will be up until Jan 24 2016. More at the museum web page.