Yngve Holen

Olav's Rose


Aluminum and reflective sheeting

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40 × 40 cm

Edition of 4 copies, signed and numbered by the artist


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about this work

Yngve Holen first gained notoriety for his sculptures made combining traditional materials with contemporary production techniques, which address our relationship with the objects that surround us.

In his large solo show HEINZERLING in Oslo and Stavanger, he made a link to the subjects of nature and tradition, while on a more personal level referring to those factors from which we construct identity. For just as the exhibition title HEINZERLING is Holen’s German family name, it is of course also listed in his Norwegian passport. This question of a constructed link between home, tradition, and culture is picked up in the works Olav’s Rose. On four aluminum plates each, the Olavsrose is depicted on reflective sheeting in yellow/black or black/yellow and red/black or black/red. In Norway, this folk art ornament serves to designate cultural heritage that is protected but explicitly still in active use. With Holen, it is a tongue-in-cheek reference to his art and cultural production and at the same time a formal link to his Rose Painting, Snowflake, or Leichtmetallrad series, which also engage with the issue of ornament.

about Yngve Holen

Yngve Holen’s work expresses a sensitivity for the steadily growing identification between man and machine, body and consumer culture, where objects define us as much as we define them. His work reflects on how these borders are shifted and extended, manipulated and stretched, in both the technological and social spheres, where they encounter new ontologies. Consumer objects like kettles and water coolers are meticulously and clinically dissected; car headlights take on anthropomorphical qualities; CT-scanner components become futuristic portals to a new reality.

(courtesy of Kunsthall Stavanger)

Solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Basel; X Museum, Beijing; Kunsthall Stavanger; and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. Recent group exhibitions include Gropius Bau, Berlin; Museo Jumex, Mexico; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; Musée de l’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, mumok, Vienna; Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome; and Luma Foundation, Arles.

Yngve Holen is represented by the following galleries;
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Galerie Neu, Berlin 

Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt am Main


Other works by Yngve Holen

Yngve Holen - Olav's Rose -

Yngve Holen

Olav's Rose

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