28 October 2021, 6:00pm
Kunsthall Oslo


As a part of UKS’ 100th anniversary program 100 YEARS OF CONVIVIALITY , we’re nearing the end of a two-year production period for the first comprehensive publication about UKS’ history. The publication is titled Kvisten på grenen, grenen på treet: Unge Kunstneres Samfund 100 år and is edited by Nina M. Schjønsby and Halvor Haugen and designed by Ian Brown.



On the day of UKS’ 100th birthday, 28 October 2021, we present the seminar Artists Organizing Artists, at the new main library in Oslo, Deichman Bjørvika from 12 to 5pm, and continue the celebration with cake and the launch of our big new book at Kunsthall Oslo from 6pm. The book will be launched and celebrated with speeches, drinks, and of course, CAKE! The event is free and open to all.




The publication consists of five art historical texts, each covering two decades, three artistic contributions, and four shorter texts focusing on specific topics.

The five main texts are written by Øystein Sjåstad (art historian), Frode Sandvik (curator), Victoria Durnak (artist and writer), Marit Paasche (art historian), and Sara R. Yazdani (art historian).

The artistic contributions are made by artists Geir Tore Holm & Søssa Jørgensen, Siri Hjorth & Sebastian Kjølaas, and Wendimagegn Belete.

The shorter contributions are written by Ana Maria Bresciani (curator and art historian), Maria Horvei (art historian and editor), Jan Verwoert (writer), and previous UKS Director Rhea Dall.

In addition to these texts, UKS’ Chair, Steffen Håndlykken, and the board contributes with a text, and the book unfolds an impressive visual archive of UKS’ first 100 years.

The book will be launched during a seminar at Oslo’s new main library, Deichman Bjørvika on UKS’ 100th birthday, 28 October 2021. Selected stories from the book will be posted online on the UKS website and in our newsletter—stay tuned.

NB: The book will only be available in Norwegian.


*Image: Preparations for a UKS exhibition in 1968 where 1200 miniature works were being sold in the outskirts of Oslo. Photo: Aktuell / Arbeiderbevegelsens arkiv

Historical UKS posters are amongst the rich visual material to be found in the anniversary publication. Click the image to see more. From the UKS Archive (1921–1998)—part of The National Archives of Norway.

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