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30. October 2021 - 9. January 2022

Dag Alveng – Heavy water and deep valleys

"Dag Alveng - Heavy water and deep valleys". The exhibition in Hall 1 shows a photograph of Dag Alveng with a completely new series from Telemark.
Dag Alveng "Tungt vann og dype daler". Foto: M.Vangen, NIA

The project “Heavy water and deep valleys” depicts the artist’s encounter with the World Heritage in Telemark. How can the world heritage influence and inspiration art? And how can contemporary art inspire greater knowledge of world heritage? These are questions that centre for Alveng’s latest photo project.

Alveng’s art is not about exotic scenes or spectacular motifs, but daily scenes that surround us all and that we do not always take the time to remember. An exquisite technical quality has always been Alveng’s trademark, and his technical perfectionism and skill are formidably expressed in his photographs.



Alveng’s artistic practice is mainly dominated by large and long-term projects that are published in book form and which are shown in art exhibitions at national and international art institutions. A art book with Alveng’s new series “Heavy water and deep valleys” will be published in connection with the exhibition. The book is published by Forlaget Press and will consist of Alveng’s photographs, in addition to literary texts that will accompany the photograph.

The book will be released in connection with the exhibition opening on 30 October.

About the artist

Dag Alveng was born in Oslo in 1953. His work has been shown in solo and group shows around the world. His photographs are in the permanent collections of major museums in America and abroad, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Sprengel Museum, Hannover; Stedeijk Museum, Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo; and Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Bærum. Alveng has published several books, among them ASYLUM (1987), THE SHIPYARD AT SOLHEIMSVIKEN (1990), LAYERS OF LIGHT (1995), SUMMER LIGHT (2001) RACING (2012) and WILSE (2015). He has organized many exhibitions. Between 1986 and 1996 he commuted between Oslo and New York, and now lives in Oslo.

Dag Alveng. Photo: Helle Frogner and Lindsay Bundschuh.