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Astrup Fearnley Museet reopens with Nicole Eisenman – Giant Without a Body

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Astrup Fearnley Museet reopens with Nicole Eisenman – Giant Without a Body

The Astrup Fearnley Museet is delighted to announce that it will reopen on Friday 28 May. Originally scheduled to open in February 2021, Nicole Eisenman Giant Without a Body has been extended through August 29, and we are thrilled to welcome visitors again throughout the summer.

Giant Without a Body is a major presentation of the work of Nicole Eisenman and her largest solo exhibition in Europe to date. The exhibition delves deeply into the artist’s practice from 2006 to the present and includes a number of new paintings and sculptures created over the last year. Eisenman’s characteristic works offer a colourful and celebratory first impression, but on closer inspection reveal multiple layers of meaning and intricate narratives. While many of these stories are based on characters from her own life, the artist also draws attention to larger societal issues and political frictions. With rich humour, she touches on issues such as identity, sexuality, and politics as she mixes in elements from popular culture and countercultures. Eisenman’s unique eye for the complexities of contemporary society and conflicting human emotions engenders sharp and striking observations of our modern realities.

On the occasion of the exhibition the Astrup Fearnley Museet has published an extensive exhibition catalogue with texts by curator Solveig Øvstebø and writers Rahel Aima and Diana Tourjee. The catalogue is thoroughly illustrated and includes both installation views from the exhibition and detailed imagery of Eisenman’s intricate and multifaceted works. The catalogue is designed by Katarina Schildgren & Paul Gasser. It is available to purchase in the museum shop and online at Astrup Fearnley Shop.

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