Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
The Henie Onstad Art Center at Høvikodden is a leading arena for national and international art with a changing exhibition program and a collection consisting of more than 8000 works.
Beautifully located along the Oslofjord, overlooking the tranquil waters, the architecture of the center itself is a work of art. The building was designed by Norwegian architect Jon Eikvar and harmoniously blends with the surrounding natural beauty, providing an ideal setting for the appreciation of art and nature.
The art center was founded in 1968 by the famous Norwegian figure skater and actress Sonja Henie and her husband, the shipping magnate Niels Onstad.
As a visitor you can experience an extensive photography program, the avant-garde and live music-program in addition to presentations of the collection and exhibitions with contemporary art.
As a permanent installation the work Hymn of Life by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama always on display in addition to the new extension Sal Merz, presenting the work of Kurt Schwitters, his contemporaries and followers.
Its extensive collection includes works by prominent artists such as Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, and Jean Dubuffet, among others. The center’s exhibitions continually evolve, showcasing a diverse range of artistic expressions, from paintings and sculptures to multimedia installations and performance art.
In addition to its impressive art exhibitions, the Henie Onstad Art Center is a vibrant cultural hub that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. These events encompass concerts, dance performances, lectures, and workshops, enriching the cultural landscape of Norway and attracting both local and international audiences. The center’s dedication to interdisciplinary arts programming reflects its commitment to fostering creativity and dialogue across various artistic disciplines.
The sculpture park
The sculpture park consists of 30 sculptures made by Norwegian and international artists and surrounds the art center. Welcome to the forest, the sea and around the park.