Born in 1967 in Sydney, Australia, Bjarne Melgaard is a Norwegian artist living and working in New York. He received his formal art training at the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts, and the Rijksacademie and Jan Van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands where he completed his studies in 1993. His work has been featured at museums including De Appel, Bergen Kunstmuseum, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Bologna, and Kiasma Helsinki, as well as the 5th Lyon, 24th Sao Paolo, and Manifesta II Biennales. Redefining the notion of authorship, Melgaard’s

canvases are conceived as excerpts from his ongoing painterly novels; which alongside his extended practice of sculpture, installation, and product design contrive elaborate meta-fictions that excavate the darkest depths of sub-culture. Blurring the bounds between abject degeneracy and shameless opulence Melgaard draws from all manner of inspiration, from heavy metal to art history, cartoons to porn, to articulate his subversive narratives and embellish his notorious cast of star characters.

Bjarne Melgaard


Born in 1967, Sydney, Australia
Lives and works in New York, USA

Selected Solo Exhibitions 

2015
Munch and Melgaard, Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway

2014
Selected Works from the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway
Bjarne Melgaard, Studio Hugo Opdal, Flø, Norway

2013
Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway
Bjarne Melgaard: Ignorant transparencies, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, USA
Bjarne Melgaard Sverre Bjerknes, The Armory show 2013, New York, USA
Bjarne Melgaard New Drawings and Prints, Fineart, Oslo, Norway

2012
Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery, New York, USA
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, UK
Ramiken Crucible Gallery, New York, USA

2011
Lars Bonham Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Maccarone Gallery, New York, USA
Venice Biennal, Palazzo Contarini Corfù, Venice, Italy

2010
Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Norway
Super Normal, De Appel arts centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Inside Patricia, Patricia Low Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

2008
René Spaulings Fine Art, New York, USA
Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna Austria
Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany
Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, USA
Every Body Counts, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway

2007
Mommy’s boy and daddy’s girl, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
Galerie Anne Vilzlepoix, Paris, France
Caro Cruz, São Paulo, Brazil
Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Catalunya
Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark
Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden

2006
Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden
Minipigs in Space, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
Les Super, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany

2005
Jasmine La Nuit, The Horse Hospital, London, UK
Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Catalunya
Fin de Copenhague, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark
Hallo Maybe, Haugar Vestfold Museum, Oslo, Norway
Part I: Chihuahua hunger all words destroy, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany
Life is a lonely Buffalo, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Not a painting show, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

2004
Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden

2003
Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden
SkamBergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
The end of the professional teenager, Sketch, London, UK

2002
Black Low, MARTa Herford Museum, Hannover, Germany
Nothing special, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark
Interface to God, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
Beginnings, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

2001
Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden
Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

2000
Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden
New works, Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

1998
More pricks than kicks, Astrup Fernley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway

Biography

Bjarne Melgaard is a Norwegian artist (b. 1967 in Sydney, Australia), who lives and works in Oslo. Melgaard has had more than forty-five solo exhibitions in leading galleries around the world. He is a frequent curator and collaborator, has written more than a dozen novels, and produced seven films. His latest book, A New Novel (2012), is the first English language novel published by Norwegian publishing giant Aschehoug. In 2011, Melgaard represented Norway at La Biennale Di Venezia, 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice. He has twice participated in the Biennale de Lyon. In 2011, Melgaard was given a mid-career retrospective at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo. In 2014, Melgaard participated in The Whitney Biennial and in January 2015 Melgaard was the focus of the first of six important exhibitions at the Munch Museum in Oslo. MELGAARD + MUNCH The end of it all has already happened placed Edvard Munch’s oeuvre in direct dialogue with works by Melgaard. In 2016, Skira Rizzoli published the first comprehensive monograph of the artist’s career. In 2021, Melgaard will have a major retrospective exhibition at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway, the first comprehensive survey of his career in his homeland to command an entire museum.

Melgaard’s work is owned by leading museums and art collections including; Norwegian Art Council, Oslo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Malmö Konstmuseum,Bergen Norway, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Munch Museum, Oslo The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles,The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The National Gallery, Oslo,The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Saatchi Gallery Collection, London.

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