Press Releases : 2013/06

Knut Henrik Henriksen at Stiftung Opelvillen

Published 2013/06/25

Knut Henrik Henriksen, Villa Savoye redrawn with an Opel Astra, 2006. Courtesy of the artist


Knut Henrik Henriksen at Stiftung Opelvillen

Curated by Dr. Beate Kemfert

Dates: 3 July–27 October 2013
Press preview: 28 June / 1pm

Stiftung Opelvillen
Ludwig-Dörfler-Allee 9
65428 Rüsselsheim

Curator Dr. Beate Kemfert has invited Knut Henrik Henriksen to present a solo exhibition at Stiftung Opelvillen in Rüsselsheim, Germany, from 3 July to 27 October 2013. The manor of Opelvillen was built in the early 1930s, as the private residence of Fritz Opel and has since been utilised for a variety of purposes. It has served as a military hospital, a general hospital and a local court, ultimately standing empty until the Opelvillen Foundation was established, using the estate for cultural purposes. The aim of Henriksen's project is to visualise the architectural conditions surrounding the structure of Opelvillen, intervening and positioning his work in relation to the architecture, highlighting its composition and elucidating the origins of cultural experience. The project will also offer a retrospective view on Henriksen's work, coming together with the painting and drawing work of Georges Rousse, on display in the buliding.

According to the curator, Henriksen ‘proceeds from a given object, he does not alter units of measurement, but rather trains us how to view what we encounter. He also continues works he has performed in other places in other contexts, enabling new cases of architectural permeation’.

For press inquiries, please contact Stiftung Opelvillen at

About Knut Henrik Henriksen
Knut Henrik Henriksen
(b.1970 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) has studied at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Bergen, Norway and Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt, Germany. He has exhibited at, among others, ‘Echoes’, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2012); ‘Villa Savoye redrawn with an Opel Astra 2012’, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin (2012); ‘The Go-Betweens and a Black Avalanche’, Elastic Gallery, Malmö, Sweden (2011); ‘circles, squares and a door handle’, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France (2010). He has been included in the group exhibitions Momentum 7, Moss, Norway (2013); ‘If you want it you can get it for the rest of your life. (Truth is what works.)’, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, NY, USA (2012); ‘ABSTRAKT //// SKULPTUR’, Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin (2011); ‘Space Oddity’, CCA Andratx Art Foundation, Mallorca, Spain (2011); ‘Beyond These Walls’, South London Gallery, London, UK (2009); ‘3 x 3 x 3 x 3’, Galerie de multiples, Paris (2009); ‘The Re-conquest of Space’, Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark (2007); ‘Berlin North’, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2004).

OCA Support
The participation of Knut Henrik Henriksen at Stiftung Opelvillen is supported by OCA's International Support programme.


The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.