Book launch Gunnar S. Gundersen

Galleri Haaken, Oslo
Book presentation: May 27, 2020, 11 a.m.

In the Norwegian gallery Haaken author Jan Kokkin presents the first complete biography of Gunnar S. Gundersen (1921–1983). Gunnar S., as he was called by most, was 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: He creates works with a strong coloring, for which he was inspired by science fiction novels and atomic fission. Along with Richard Mortensen in Denmark and Olle Bonniér and Olle Bærtling in Sweden, 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 recently opened Galerie Gunnar S. in Høyanger, Sogn og Fjordane, shows the artist’s multifaceted oeuvre. A major exhibition of his work will also open in autumn 2020, together with a selection of other Nordic artists, at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand.

Please register at the Galleri Haaken, either by telephone: 951 04 704, or by email:; your contact person is Fredrik Nergaard.


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