Bjarne Melgaard

Bjarne Melgaard

1967 -

Bjarne Melgaard, born in 1967 in Sydney, Australia, is a Norwegian artist living and working in Oslo. Melgaard has been a significant figure both nationally and internationally in the art world. His art has been recognized for its boldness and controversial themes, and he has established himself as a leading voice in contemporary art.

Melgaard created waves with his bold and challenging artistic expression. He often explores taboo subjects and uses various mediums, including painting, sculpture, installation, and performance art, to challenge viewers' perceptions and norms. His work has been compared to artistic icons such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Tracey Emin, due to his ability to delve into deeply personal and societal critical themes.

Melgaard's artistic practice is characterized by an exploration of the human mind and society's hidden dynamics. He frequently addresses themes such as gender, sexuality, identity, and the darker side of human nature. His works can be challenging and provocative, but they also open up for important conversations about the society we live in.

Bjarne Melgaard has found his own unique artistic language, and he continues to explore new boundaries and themes in his work. His art has inspired and challenged audiences around the world, and he remains a central figure in the contemporary artistic dialogue.

What makes Bjarne Melgaard interesting? His ability to break boundaries and challenge conventions has made him a central figure in contemporary art. He has been recognized with exhibitions worldwide and has made a significant impact on the art world with his unique and unpredictable expression.

Solo exhibitions

2016 Bjarne Melgaard & Sverre Bjertnes Galleri Brandstrup Norge
2016 Bjarne Melgaard & Sverre Bjertnes Rod Bianco Gallery Norge
2016 Nye verk Fine Art Norway
2016 Right here, right now Lars Bohman Gallery Stockholm
2016 Psycopathological Notebook Karma Gallery New York
2016 Golden Eggs Team Gallery New York
2015 The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris
2015 Bitter Angel Faurschou Foundation Beijing
2015 Daddies Like You Don't Grow on Palm Trees Sammlung Friedrichshof Zurndorf
2012 This is what I do to make money Fine Art Norway
2012 A House to Die In Institute of Contemporary Arts London
2012 A New Novel by Bjarne Melgaard Luxembourg & Dayan New York
2012 Laying the Ghost Rod Bianco Gallery Norge
2012 Climate Confusion Assistance Galleri K Norge
2011 Bjarne Melgaard: The Sadistic Skater – Part II Lars Bohman Gallery Stockholm
2011 Bjarne Melgaard: The Sadistic Skater – Part I Lars Bohman Gallery Stockholm
2011 The Night Within Us Galerie Guido W. Baudach Berlin
2010 Jealous Astrup Fearnley Museet Norge
2008 Bjarne Melgaard Greene Naftali Gallery New York
2006 The Glamour Chase Galleri Faurschou København
2006 Les super Guido W. Faudach Berlin
2006 A Weekend of Paintings: A Novel by Les Super Leo Koenig Inc New York
2006 Minipigs in Space Galerie Krinzinger Wien
2005 Jasmine La Nuit The Horse Hospital London
2005 Galerie Senda Galerie Senda Barcelona
2005 Fin de Copenhague Galleri Faurschou København
2005 Hello Maybe Haugar Vestfold Museum Norge
2005 Part 1: Chihuahua Hunger All Words Destroy Galerie Crone Berlin
2005 Life is a Lonely Buffalo Niels Borch Jensen Gallery Berlin
2005 Not a Painting Show Stella Lohaus Gallery Antwerpen
2004 Galleri Lars Bohman Lars Bohman Gallery Stockholm
2003 Skam Bergen Kunsthall Bergen
2003 The End of The Professional Teenager Sketch London
2002 Black Low MARTa Herford Museum Tyskland
2002 Nothing Special Galleri Faurschou København
2002 Interface to God Kunsthalle at Kiel Kiel
2002 Galleria d'Arte Moderna Galleria d'Arte Moderna Italia
2002 Beginnings Galerie Daniel Buchholz Tyskland
2001 Galerie Krinzinger Galerie Krinzinger Wien
2000 New Works Nils Staerk Contemporary Art København
1998 More Pricks thank Kicks Astrup Fearnley Museet Norge

Group exhibitions

2016 "Baby I'm a Star Romeo New York
2015 Frieze Art Fair Frieze Art Fair London
2015 Whitney Biennial Whitney Biennial New York
2014 Munch + Melgaard Munchmuseet Norge
2013 Walker Art Center Walker Art Center Minneapolis
2012 Drawings Lars Bohman Gallery Stockholm
2012 Face/OFF Galerie Gebr Berlin
2011 Moment: Ynglingagatan 1 Moderna Museet Stockholm
2011 Grisaille Luxembourg & Dayan New York
2011 The Social Failure Maccarone New York
2011 Absolute Installation Nasjonalmuseet Norge
2010 Sweat Patricia Low Contemporary Gstaad
2010 Norse Soul: the legacy of Edvard Munch, social demorcracy, old myths, anarchy and death longings Katzen Art Center American University, Washington DC
2009 Latte in Watte Gallery Riis Oslo
2009 Nachspiel / Vorspiel Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium Norge
2008 Works on Paper by Gallery Artists and Ricci Albenda Greene Naftali Gallery New York
2008 Jekyll Island Honor Fraser Los Angeles
2008 Edvard Munch: Tribute And Inspiration (Georg Baselitz, Louise Bourgeois, Peter Doig, Asger Jorn, Per Kirkeby, Bjarne Melgaard, Edvard Munch, Alice Neel and Erik Parker Faurschou København
2008 Thatʼs The Way It Is Galerie Guido W. Baudach Berlin
2007 Euro-Centric, Part 1: New European Art from the Rubell Family Collection Rubell Family Collection Miami
2007 25 Jahre Galerie Crone – Jubiläumsausstellung Galerie Crone Berlin
2007 1st Athens Biennale 2007 Destroy Athens Athen
2007 Beneath the Underdog Gagosian Gallery New York
2007 Daydreams and Nightmares, Works from the Collection of Tor Juul The Stenersen Museum Oslo
2007 Aggression of Beauty II Arndt & Partner Berlin
2007 Gallery Swap (Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin and Hotel, London Hotel London
2006 Bjarne Melgaard, Sven't Jolle, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Erik Van Lieshout, Angel Vergara Stella Lohaus Gallery Antwerp
2006 Marie-Louise Ekman / Bjarne Melgaard Malmö Konstmuseum Malmö
2006 Helter / Helter Galerie Anne de Villepoix Paris
2006 After Munch: Norwegian Contemporary Art Pollock Fine Art London
2005 Superstars: The Celebrity Factor. From Warhol to Madonna Kunsthalle Wien Vienna
2005 Willy Wonka, Inc Galleri S.E Bergen
2004 Central Station, The Harald Falckenberg Collection a maison rouge Paris
2004 The Black Album, Rock e dintorn Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea Milano
2004 Playlist Palais de Tokyo Paris
2004 Scream: 10 artists x 10 writers x 10 scary movies Anton Kern Gallery New York
2004 In a Norwegian Wood. Norwegian Art of the Last Decade Zachęta National Gallery of Art Warsaw
2003 TABOO! The Art of Exotica Entertainment Galerie Roger Pailhas Marseille
2003 Models & Mavericks: Exceptional positions in the collection contemporary art Museum Het Domein Netherland
2003 Phantom of Desire: Visions of Masochism in Art Neue Galerie Graz Austria
2003 Tra Est e Ovest Gas Art Gallery Torino
2002 Black Low // The Punk Movement Was Just Hippies With Short Hair MARTa Herford Museum Tyskland
2002 Hommage an Rudolf Schwarzkogler, an exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of Galerie Krinzinger Galerie Krinzinger Vienna
2002 Extension: Works from the Collection Magasin 3 Konsthall Stockholm
2001 New Heimat Frankfurter Kunstverein Tyskland
2001 Lars Bohman Gallery Lars Bohman Gallery Stockholm
2000 Sharing Exoticisms 5th Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon Frankrike
2000 Civil Disobedience Sammlung Falckenberg, Kestner Gesellschaft Tyskland
2000 Galería Senda Galería Senda Barcelona
2000 Organizing Freedom: Nordic Art in the 1990's Kunsthal Charlottenborg København
2000 Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art Momentum Norge
2000 Zeitwenden: Rückblick und Ausblick Kunstmuseum Bonn Tyskland
1999 Moon over Islam S.M.A.K. Gent
1999 Umfeld, Umwelt Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels
1999 Manifesta II, European Biennale of Contemporary Art Manifesta II, European Biennale of Contemporary Art Luxemburg
1998 XXIV Biennale de Sao Paulo 1998 Galerie Arndt & Partner Berlin

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