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Norwegian Artist Opens a New Gallery Close to the Arctic Circle

The first exhibition is curated by Rhea Dahl and Elmgreen & Dragset.

Kjell Erik Killi Olsen is a Norwegian painter and sculptor best known for creating humanoid figures that teeter between the humorous and the grotesque. As one of the nation’s wealthiest living artist’s, Olsen recently opened a new art gallery in his hometown of Trondheim — about an eight-hour drive from the Arctic Circle.

Dubbed the Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst (KUK), the inaugural show has been curated by Rhea Dahl and acclaimed artist duo, Elmgreen & Dragset. “It’s Just a Phase” brings together a list of international talent who focus their work on the body and identity, in relation to way they have changed in light of the social, ethical and technological advances of recent times.

At the core of the exhibition lies a questioning of the essentialism of life’s phases — from birth to adolescence and beyond. “It’s Just a Phase” is on view at KUK until February 13, 2022.

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Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst (KUK)
Kjøpmannsgata 38,
7011 Trondheim

Participating Artists:

Agatha Wara
Anna Uddenberg
Cassie Augusta Jørgensen
Constantin Hartenstein
Eirik Sæther
Elizabeth Ravn
Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard
Change Aalrust
Erika Stöckel
Evelyn Taocheng Wang
Geumhyung Jeong
Gözde Ilkin
Hannah Ryggen
Hanne Lippard
Heji Shin
Isa Genzken
Julien Ceccaldi
Mahmoud Khaled
Manuel Kirsch
Matt Mullican
Nikhil Vettukattil
Nina Beier
Olga Balema
Samrridhi Kukreja / Tuda Muda Sidsel
Meineche Hansen
Simon Fujiwara
Yngve Holen
Young-Jun Tak
Özgür Kar

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