Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand (NO), 4.9.2020–24.1.2020
The Southern Norwegian Sørlandets Kunstmuseum presents the work of Gunnar S. Gundersen (1921–1983), one of the most important post-war artists in Norway. There, in the 1950s and 1960s, he gave significant impulses for the development of non-figurative and concrete painting. He formulated his own style in the 1960s: works with a strong coloring, for which he was inspired by science fiction novels and atomic fission. From then on, Gundersen is considered one of the few concrete artists in Scandinavia.
Gunnar S. Gundersen showed his work during his lifetime in about 20 exhibitions, partly public, partly private. Among the important stages of his career are the design of the façade of the Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (1950), the design of the Kirkelandet Church, Kristiansund (1964), and his work for various school buildings. Like many Norwegian artists, Gundersen’s involvement with applied art and the artistic decoration of public buildings is an important part of his work.
The comprehensive monograph written by Jan Kokkin appeared recently in our programme.
Image above: Gunnar S. Gundersen 1960, photo: © Kjell Sten Tollefsen / BONO 2020