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Oslo to Launch Art Biennial in 2019

Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk will curate the first edition of Oslo’s biennial.

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The Norwegian city of Oslo will start a biennial, with the first edition expected to open in May 2019. Ole G. Slyngstadli will be the biennial’s executive director, and will oversee its general vision.

Two curators have already been named for the inaugural biennial: Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, who oversaw Oslo Pilot, a now-defunct research initiative that explored the role of art in the public sphere. Prior to linking up for that initiative, González-Sancho had been director of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León in Spain, and Eeg-Tverbakk had been the director of the Kunsthall Oslo.

In a statement, Rina Mariann Hansen, Oslo’s vice mayor of culture and sport, said, “The future biennial marks a new phase in the city of Oslo’s ambitious commitment to art and represents another step in Oslo’s long tradition of major art projects in the public realm. By unfolding in public spaces, the biennial will activate the city and merge with its daily life in a way that will inspire and challenge both the art and its audiences.”

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