Anders Holen

1986, Norway





Anders Holen’s sculptures are complex creatures, evoking poetic and enigmatic narratives. Casts of gaping mouths held open by a dentist tool forcing the lips apart, are characterized by their brutal expression in contrast with the delicate and fragile material and its fine, glazed surface. The fragmented, assembled bodily parts and the emphasis on the material, puts Holen’s work in a modern practice of abstraction, while still pointing towards a more classical tradition. By exploring elements such as the it and the self in different compositions, his work erases the distinction between the subject and the object.

Holen has a BFA from The National Academy of Arts in Oslo, Norway, and attended Einar Granum Kunstfagskole in Oslo, Norway. Selected solo- and group exhibitions include: Sun and Spring in January, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo. Peder Balke Senteret, Kapp, Norway. Agent, Giorgio Galotti, Torino, Italy.

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Housebroken II

Glazed porcelain

45 x 20 x 20 cm


Housebroken I

Glazed porcelain

50 x 23 x 15 cm


Housebroken III

Glazed porcelain

18 x 14 x 13 cm



2010 BFA, Oslo National Academy of Arts, Oslo (NO) 2007

2007 Einar Granum Kunstfagskole, Oslo (NO) 2005


2019 Doom Loop, DAMA, 4th edition, Palazzo Coardi di Carpeneto, Turin (IT) Doom Loop - Kuntnerforbundet, Oslo (NO)

2018 1K, Peder Balke Senteret, Kapp (NO)

2017 Agent, Giorgio Galotti, Torino (IT)

2016 Stimulus - Entree, Bergen (NO)

2015 Aid for a 3rd Impending Quagmire - NADA NY via Helper Projects, New York (US) Aid for a 2nd Impending Quagmire - Lynx, Oslo (NO)

2014 Aid for Impending Quagmire – Helper Projects, New York, (US)

2012 Betweenuscollada – Rake Visningsrom, Trondheim (NO) Now Usually I Dont do This But Uh.. – Grunerløkka Kunsthall, Oslo (NO)

2010 Battered – Popup Gallery, Tjuvholmen, Oslo (NO)

2009 TNT is Dynamite, 21:24, Oslo (NO)

2008 Anders Holen, One Night Only, Oslo (NO)


2020 Sun and Spring in January - Shanghai Zendai MoMA, Shanghai (CHN)

2019 Vivace, Balcony gallery, Lisbon (PT) To make the stone stoney, Golsa gallery, Oslo (NO) Sun and Spring in January – Next generation in Norwegian contemporary art, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (NO)

2017 Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, Vigelands Museum, Oslo (NO) Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand (NO)

2016 Elephant Holiday Special, Elephant Kunsthall, Lillehammer (NO) Grey – Brand New Gallery, Milan (IT) GIFC – David Riesley Gallery, Copenhagen (DK) GIFC – Carlos Queso Gallery, Los Angeles (US)

2015 Words Arent The Thing – Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Lithuania (LT) Lopsided Upthrust – BOA, Oslo (NO) Young Pioneers – Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo (NO) K.A.R.B - Merkx&Gwynne project, Present Company, New York (US)

2014 Collection as Allocated Objects – Kunsthall Oslo´s Soft City Festival, Tidens Krav, Oslo (NO) Martin Bormann´s Forgotten Answering Machine – Elephant Kunsthall, Lillehammer (NO)

2013 NADA Art Fair – Merkx&Gwynne project, New York (US) Paraphernalia – Telemark Kunstnersenter, Skien (NO) Monsalvat – Bureau, New York (US) 24 Spaces - A Cacaphony – Malmø Konsthall, Malmø (SW)

2012 Cant Stop Rock Lobster – Martos Gallery, New York (US) Versailles – Kulturhuset Banken, Lillehammer (NO)

2011 Her Skal Faen Ikkje Takast Noko Billete – Trafo, Asker (NO) Let The Loving Take Ahold – One Night Only, Oslo (NO)

2010 Gneist – Ulvik, Hardanger Avgangsutstillingen – Statens Kunstakademi, Nasjonalmuseet Dept. Frosken, Oslo (NO) Internett – Galleri Palle Holén, Oslo (NO)

2009 The Flesh Is Willing But The Mind Is Weak – Kurant, Tromsø (NO) Multiple Stress – Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo (NO) You Know These Days Painted By Umbrellas – Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo (NO)

2008 You May Not Care About Us But We Care About You – 21:25, Oslo (NO) PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Astrup Fearnley Museet collection, Oslo (NO)