06.10.2018 – 28.10.2018
Triumph Gallery, Moscow
Triumph Gallery presents the exhibition Antropology Center For Hidden Societies of the Norwegian artist Christian Tony Norum, who works in different media such as painting, performance, graphics, video and installation. Christian participated at Manifesta 11 in Zurich, did a performance at MOMA PS1, and also was exhibited at The National Gallery and The Munch Museum in Oslo.
Triumph Gallery welcomes his exhibition in Moscow. Christian Tony Norum’s exhibited paintings have quite poetic titles, letting a viewer interpret themselves the painting they see. The artist compares painting with music creation: he rhythmically repeats similar elements, alternates colorful spots on a canvas — abstract and partially figurative, forming a "symphony of the colors".
Christian Tony Norum takes history of art as an open source for contemplation and inspiration, dedicating his recent works to Henri Matisse, Asger Jorn and, especially, to Edvard Munch. The artist’s works represent the time complexity as well as the diversity of approaches and possible perspectives. The artist underlines the importance of inspiration and passion forart, and he also expresses deep respect for the Artist in particular. He often visits art studios, where the famous works were created, and museums, where these works are now exhibited. His approach and practices ask the questions: what does art work with? And howcan we interact with its history? For Norum, it is, mostly, the importance of tradition, when the history of art comes as a nuanced system influencing one artist by another.
Kari Brandtzæg (curator, The Munch Museum) tells: "Norum tended to get out of the boundaries of conventions of the modern art world, which he had been adhering since his graduation from Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2012. The previous experience as a street-artist helps Norum to broaden the horizons of his artistic practice, whether it is happening at public places or in collaborations with other artists. Norum’s flowing and expressive fashion of work with form and color, on the one hand, represents aresearch component of modernistic paintings, and on the other hand, embodies an aspiration of avantgarde to release from the narrow space of galleries to the exit to bustling street life."