Toril Johannessen
The Festival Exhibition 2024

Bergen Kunsthall is pleased to announce that Toril Johannessen will be the Festival Exhibition artist in 2024! Johannessen grew up in Harstad, studied at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design and lives and works currently in Bergen. Internationally recognised for her work, Johannessen has shown in national and international exhibitions, including documenta 13 (2012) in Kassel, Munchmuseet on the Move (2018) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (2016), both in Oslo, as well as public art projects for the Bergen City Hall (2022) and the air station in Evenes (2023).

A central theme in Johannessen’s work is the exploration of structures and frameworks of knowledge. From folk wisdom to scientific approaches, she delves into a wide range of areas with different traditions and conditions, highlighting the diverse connections between them. Historical contexts are linked with recent technological developments, shedding light on how these factors interact and shape how we perceive and create reality. Johannessen works with various media, including prints, information graphics, text and installations.

«We’re very proud to present Toril Johannessen as artist for the Festival Exhibition 2024! Since the early 2010s, she became internationally known as one of the prominent artists working with a conceptual, researchdriven approach. In Norway, she’s a key artist of her generation, with an outstanding work which addresses art in relation to multiple forms of knowledge production. Toril has been for many years based in Bergen, and as a Bergen-based organisation, it’s an immense pleasure to work with a local artist on this important exhibition – we can’t wait to see what we can make appear in the Festival Exhibition 2024!»– Axel Wieder, Director Bergen Kunsthall

Thu 23 May 13:00 Free
The exhibition will be opened by director Axel Wieder on the steps of Bergen Kunsthall.

Free Opening Weekend
Fri 24–Sun 26 May 11:00 – 17:00
Free entry to the exhibition during the opening weekend!

Every Sunday 14:00
Every Sunday 13:00 For Families