Andrea Scholze and Bjørn Båsen at Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum


Andrea Scholze and Bjørn Båsen are part of the exhibition Gjenfortryllet at the National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Trondheim

The exhibition presents the collection with both old favourites and brand new acquisitions that have not been exhibited before. Gjenfortryllet takes its starting point from the time when the museum was established (1893) and the art nouveau movement with its organic forms and references to nature. The term "gjenfortrylling" - re-enchantment - is used in the exhibition to create a dialogue between historical works from the collection and contemporary craft art.

The exhibition runs until the 31st of December 2024.

Read more about the exhibition here

Photo: Freia Beer / NKIM
Photo: Freia Beer / NKIM

Bjørn Båsen (b. 1981, Eggedal, Norway) has a BA from The Arts Institute at Bournemouth and an MA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Båsen’s works invite the spectator into a whole new world. His skillful perspectives make one feel as though you could take a leap and fall into his illusion of a blissful wonderland. However, in his world of porcelain puzzles, cracks are always present and propped with references to deep and often dark matters. Båsen’s oeuvre is filled with references to mythology, past and present decadence – the fairytales of former glory meet the realism of today.

His work is included in the collection of the Astrup Fearnley Museum, KODE Art Museum, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, the National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, The Grieg Art Collection, Equinor Art Programme, DNB as well as numerous private collections nationally and abroad.

Photo: Freia Beer / NKIM
Photo: Freia Beer / NKIM

Andrea Scholze (b. 1988, Oslo) is educated at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (BFA, 2011, MFA, 2016).

Scholze works sculpturally and on installation pieces, primarily using ceramics. Her works are roughly modelled with an expressive, often bleak look. She creates scenographic installations of often dystopian landscapes where her individual sculptures of human-like species often looking more like trolls, golems or yetis, channel emotions and tell stories. She is interested in how both animals and humas exist together in today’s society and themes such as loneliness, existentialism and belonging are apparent in many of her sculptures.

Scholze’s talent has been recognized by the Norwegian establishment and her work has been acquired by the KODE museums in Bergen, the National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Trondheim, Equinor Art Programme, KORO (Art in Public, Norway) and Oslo Municipality Art Collection.