12 November 2021 – 2 January 2022
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo


Opening: 12 November 2021
Exhibition: 13 November 2021 – 2 January 2022
Venue: Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo

Throughout its 100 years, UKS has been a vital and convivial community hosting conversations, collaborations, and critiques. UKS has been a generator of solutions for its members in times of poverty and a political watchdog for cultural policies and the freedom of artistic expression. It has also, by necessity, been a space of exclusion and a site of anger and disappointment.

What can we imagine when we dream together? The large-scale anniversary exhibition what you can see is what you can imagine will explore the joys and challenges of living together across art and politics, and will take place at the two grand skylight halls at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, an institution with which UKS shares a long history of collaborations since it was founded in 1930.

Both a collective fantasy, a question to our shared imagination, and a prompt to do better, the exhibition will present historical works from famous and forgotten artists, and new commissions by both young and older artists that reflect on UKS’ rich history. The presentation writes a story of mutual labor and exploration in art and politics by bringing together a choir of diverse artistic voices that long for organization and collectivity.

The exhibition is a part of UKS’ 100th anniversary program 100 YEARS OF CONVIVIALITY. The title for the exhibition is kindly lent to UKS by artists Katya Sander and Mo Maja Moesgaard.



Anna-Eva Bergman (1909 – 1987)

Per Inge Bjørlo (b. 1952)

Erik Brandt (1897 – 1947)

Marianne Brandt (1893 – 1983)

Marte Eknæs (b. 1978)

Finn Faaborg (1902 – 1995)

Yngvild Fagerheim (b. 1942)

Brit Fuglevaag (b. 1939)

Else Hagen (1914 – 2010)

Marius Heyerdahl (1938 – 1979)

Åsa Jungnelius (b. 1975)

Iver Iversen Jåks (1932 – 2007)

Christine Sun Kim & Thomas Mader (b. 1980 / b. 1984)

Linda Lamignan

Lars Laumann (b. 1975)

Per Jonas Lindström (b. 1955)

Elise Macmillan (b. 1988)

Elina Waage Mikalsen & Magnus Holmen (b. 1992 / b. 1991)

Mo Maja Moesgaard & Anne Louise Fink (b. 1980 / b. 1984)

Ahmet Ögüt (b. 1981)

Clevon Pran (1946 – 1997)

Elsebet Rahlff (b. 1940)

Aase Texmon Rygh (1925 – 2019)

John Savio (1902 – 1938)

Tai Shani (b. 1976)

Signe Munch Siebke (1884 – 1945)

Kjartan Slettemark (1932 – 2008)

Håkon Stenstadvold (1912 – 1977)

Willibald Storn (b. 1936)

The Alternative School of Economics (est. 2012)

Silje Figenschou Thoresen (b. 1978)

Marte Eknæs, “Excerpt 1″ (2020). Courtesy of the artist and Efremidis, Berlin

Marius Heyerdahl’s traveling artwork “Den siste alke” outside Kunstnernes Hus during UKS’ 50th anniversary exhibition in 1971. Photo: Morten Krohg, from Sveen, Dag (ed.), “Om norsk kunst og kunstformidling,” Oslo: Pax Forlag A/S, 1996

Åsa Jungelius, “Watch out – I´m out to get you” (2008) at UKS, 2010. Courtsey of the artist and UKS. Photo by Fina Sundqvist

Linda Lamignan, 2021. Courtesy of Chenjerai Hove. Photo by Linda Lamignan

Lars Laumann, “BrønnøyKunstforening” (2021), film still. Courtesy of the artist; VIVII, Oslo; and Maureen Paley, London

Per Jonas Lindstrøm, “Per Jonas Kreative Kjøkken” (1996). Courtsey of the artist and the UKS Archive

Elise Macmillan, 2021. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Elise Macmillan

Mo Maja Moesgaard and Anne Louise Fink, “Find et sted du holdt af engang” (2021), film still. Courtesy of the artists

Tai Shani, “DC Semiramis” (2019), Turner Prize 2019 at Turner Contemporary. Photo by David Levene

Kjartan Slettemark, “Kjartans psykiska ohälsa” (1969), © Slettemark, Kjartan / BONO. Photo by Nasjonalmuseet

The Alternative School of Economics, “Speaking to the City” (2018–2019) at Phytology, London. Photo by Michael Smythe ‎

Silje Figenschou Thoresen, “Stående/hengende verk” (2014). Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Silje Figenschou Thoresen

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