Bjarne Melgaard

Born 1967
Hometown Oslo, Norway
Lives and Works New York, NY
MFA, Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, Norway, 1991
BFA, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland, 1990

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The National Gallery, Oslo, Norway

The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL

Saatchi Gallery Collection, London, England

Moderna Museet, Stockholm
, Sweden

FRAC - Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille, France

Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France

Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium

MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany

Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY

Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany

Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland

Bjarne Melgaard doesn't give a damn about political correctness. The New York-based Norwegian artist has eschewed societal norms since the beginning of his decades-long career, creating works with violent and sexually explicit overtones. While he has since toned down his viscerally confrontational works, tending more toward loose and colorful expressionist paintings, Melgaard often completely transforms the sites in which he exhibits, on both an aesthetic and fundamental level, changing not only the wallpaper, but turning them into white tiger playpens or sites for sleeping. As a novelist, painter, and video artist, Melgaard deftly eludes rote art world classifications, bringing his defiant sense of profane humor with him to every new project.

Bjarne Melgaard has shown his work in exhibitions around the world including at the 5th Biennale de Lyon in 2000, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2006, and London's Institute of Contemporary Art in 2012.

Works Available for Purchase



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