To reach the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) you need to leave Oslo and and travel ten kilometres to the city of Høvikodden – an easy travel by bus #160 that you shouldn’t avoid. In a building with great views on the fjord changing exhibitions and art performances take place. The museum was opened in 1968 by shipping company owner Niels Onstad and his wife, Olympic champion Sonja Henie. The collection focusses on modern art and exhibits works of artists like Joseph Beuys or Christo; but the 4,000 works large collection also includes works by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

When I came there I was surprised by an exhibition about Kurt Schwitters from Hannover, Germany. You would typically go to the Sprengel-Museum there to see his works. What I really enjoyed was a work and a permanent installation of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. It is called Hymn of Life and you will want to stand in the room of colorful balloons and mirrors for a very long time.

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter


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