Halvor Rønning

TV, baug, gullalder


LNM (Landsforeningen norske malere)

Kongensgate 2

0153 Oslo

Press release and exhibition text



Halvor Rønning, Nikhil Vettukattil


Felix Gaudlitz

Werdertorgasse 4/ 2/ 13

1010 Vienna

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Røykeskur, 2023

Halvor Rønning

Inaugurated 14.3.2023

Shed for smoking, public commission for detoxification unit in Bjørgvin Prison, Bergen.

The shed is built by inmates undergoing apprenticeship to become carpenters.
Architect: Joakim Skajaa, Skajaa Arkitektkontor
Curator: Jenny Kinge
Advisors KORO (Norway's national body responsible for curating, producing and activating art in public space): Pernille Skar Nordby and Elisabeth Tetens Jahn

All images: Thor Brødreskift

Halvor Rønning

Solo presentation

Spark Art Fair Vienna, with Felix Gaudlitz, Vienna

March 25-27, 2022

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Hordaland Kunstsenter

Klosteret 17, Bergen (NO)

November 27, 2021 - January 9, 2022

With contributions by: Attilia Fattori Franchini, Philipp Kleinmichel, Per-Oskar Leu, Tiffany Sia, Sabrina Tarasoff and Nikhil Vettukattil

Curated by: Mathijs van Geest

Exhibition text/ pressrelease


Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen

Video program 

With works by Nikhil Vettukattil, Per-Oskar Leu and Tiffany Sia

In the project room on the second floor of Hordaland Kunstsenter, Per-Oskar Leu revisits the real life drama of German Marxist playwright Bertolt Brecht’s testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. Nikhil Vettukattil presents a deconstructed photo collage of images of industrial labour set to the repetitive rhythm of a hard techno soundtrack and Tiffany Sia’s essay film unravels a media trail around a single event from Hong Kong during the protests in 2019. Paced by a relentless voiceover, Sia’s work reckons with rumor, disinformation, and disappearance, drawing out ghostly forces and the occult. By curating this film program
under the umbrella of tragic storytelling, Halvor Rønning provides examples of how this methodology is adapted in our own time.

Excerpt from exhibition text, Avgang, Hordaland kunstsenter, Bergen 2021

Death of Closeness, 2021

246 pages, 12.6x19.0cm 


Exhibition copy Avgang, Hordaland Kunstsenter, 2021

Edition of 50

Text contributions by Attilia Fattori Franchini, Sabrina Tarasoff and Philipp Kleinmichel 

Co-published by Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen and saxpublishers, Vienna

Concept, design and algorithm by Fondazione Europa, Alexander Nussbaumer

The artists’s book Death of Closeness contains a compilation of texts especially written for this exhibition. They accompany a series of new, overpainted magazine cutouts combined with examples of Rønning’s works from the past 7 years. Each text sets apart Avgang in the subjects of tragedy, painting, death and comics. Attilia Fattori Franchini brings us into the inner workings of the tragic genre, and suggests a link to Halvor Rønning’s practice through a dialectic exchange between oppositional forces – inner and outer. Sabrina Tarasoff dives into what she calls the near emptiness of Halvor Rønning’s partially concealed images. She taps into a progressive malady, a slow degradation of perception and how pictures exhaust and are exhausted. Taking into consideration the social, political, and technological forces at work around painting, Philipp Kleinmichel’s text explores the cultural value of the medium after its declared death and apparent devaluation.

Excerpt from exhibition text, Avgang, Hordaland Kunstnsenter 2021

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Paper Planes

Standard (Oslo)
Waldemar Thranes gate 86c, Oslo 

June 18 - July 10, 2021

Knut Ivar Aaser,  Kenneth Alme,  Kåre Magnus Bergh,  Lina Broström,  Jinbin Chen,  Anders Dahl Monsen,  Unn Devik,  Marius Engh,  Gartnerfuglen Arkitekter,  Jan Groth,  Aslak Gurholt,  Else Hagen,  Kim Hiorthøy,  Sigrún Hlín Sigurðardóttir, Ane Mette Hol,  Olav Christopher Jenssen,  Audar Kantun,  Samrridhi Kukreja (Tuda Muda),  Ane Kvåle,  Solveig Lønseth,  Bjørn Mortensen,  Anders Nordby,  Jonathan Nowell,  Urd Pedersen,  Charlie Roberts,  Kaare Ruud,  Halvor Rønning,  Martin Sæther, Esther Saura Múzquiz,  Tiril Schrøder,  Calle Segelberg,  Mari Slaattelid,  Svallaug Svalastoga,  Thorbjørn Sørensen,  Arild Tveito, Triztan Vindtorn

Saksumdal Tempel

Saksumdalsvegen 1341, 2608 Lillehammer

June 6 - August 8, 2021

Veronica Bruce & Karoline Bakken Lund

Ada Fessler
Goutam Ghosh
Stian Eide Kluge

Linda Lerseth

Halvor Rønning
Calle Segelberg

Lesia Vasylchenko

Nikhil Vettukattil

Curated by Linda Lerseth and Halvor Rønnning
Exhibition text by Goutam Ghosh

Knep og kunstgrep

Lucas Hirsch

Birkenstraße 92, Dusseldorf (DE)

December 12, 2020 - March 26, 2021

Exhibition text (PDF)


Exhibition text for Linda Lerseth


Podium, Oslo (NO)

June 19 - July 12 2020

"In recent years, Linda Lerseth has developed a collage-like sculptural practice characterized by a fine balance between elements of careful, planned procedures and decisions that appear to actively sabotage order. These counterproductive decisions consist of interrupting established methods of manufacturing, and forcing together representational elements which seem to repulse one another. Through her relentless commitment to communicate a spontaneous presence, Lerseth has become an artist who can be relied on for a consistent delivery of collapsed messages and fresh deception.


Lerseth’s work provides the willing crowd with the joy of processing. But in order to access the thrill of everlasting interpretation that she offers, there are a few preconditions that need to be in place. First, a capacity to take pleasure in a collapse in communication will come in handy. In other words, a high tolerance for inefficiency and the tendency to dwell in it. In fact, a slight masochistic delight in being interrupted will take you a long way. If, on top of that, you consider yourself as both pessimistic and optimistic, while being sympathetic to rash decisions, you are all set."

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Hell, Recline
Werdertorgasse 4/2/13, Vienna (AT)

7.12.2019 - 25.1.2020
Opening: 6.12.2019, 18:00 - 21:00

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Halvor Rønning
I Would Button up My T-shirt if I Could, 2018

Artist's Book published by Teknisk Industri, Oslo (NO)
204 pages , 320 x 236 x 22 mm
4 color offset print, 750 ex

142 color plates, essays by Hanna Magauer (German/ English) and Steinar Sekkingstad (Norwegian/ English)
Graphic design by FONDAZIONE Europa, Alexander Nussbaumer with Benjamin Zivota
Edited by Petter Snare

Book launch:
Friday 19 October 2018, 7-9pm
SCHLOSS, Kirkegårdsgata 14, Oslo

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Photos by Thor Brødreskift

Når himmelen klarner
CCA Andratx
C/ Estanyera 2, Mallorca (ES)


Kenneth Alme, Are Blytt, Lina Viste Grønli, Halvor Rønning, Camilla Steinum
Group exhibition curated by Are Blytt

Human Interest
Galerie Jochen Hempel
Lindenstraße 34, Berlin (DE)

09.03.18 – 11.04.18

Bradley Davies, Harun Farocki, Olga Pedan, Martyn Reynolds, Halvor Rønning, Martha Rosler, Studio for Propositional Cinema, Jasmin Werner, Dario Wokurka
Group exhibition curated by Jasmin Werner

Happily Divorced

Halvor Rønning & Per-Oskar Leu

Performance and screening

Vitamin D is for Don't Give Up
Destiny's Atelier
Riddervolds gate 9, Oslo (NO)

19.01.18 – 20.01.18

Segunda Vez
Trondheim Kunstmuseum
Bispegata 7b, Trondheim (NO)

21.11.17 – 22.11.18

Unity at the Core

НИИ x Alpbau, Moscow (RU)

February 13-16, 2017

Group exhibition curated by Ania Siestakova

Das Slog
Lucas Hirsch
Birkenstrasse 92, Düsseldorf (DE)

July 1 - August 11, 2017
Opening: June 30, 7–9 pm

Exhibition text (PDF)

Stopwatch, Mayonnaise, Bible
Tag Team Studio
Møllendalsveien 17, Bergen (NO)

Dec 09 - Dec 16, 2016

Exhibition text by Philipp Kleinmichel (PDF)

Photos by Thor Brødreskift

Jenny Say Qua
Rogaland Kunstsenter
Nytorget 17, Stavanger (NO)

September 1st - October 23rd, 2016

Anna-Sophie Berger (AT), Christophe Hamaide-Pierson (FR), Martyn Reynolds (NZ) and Halvor Rønning (NO)
Group show curated by Geir Haraldseth (NO)

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