Arne Malmedal

The Norwegian painter and printmaker Arne Malmedal (1937-2018) was educated at the National College of Art and Design in Oslo 1956-1960 and made his debut in 1963 with an exhibition of prints at Holst Halvorsens Kunsthandel in Oslo. Alongside a continuous studio practice and exhibition activity, he was also an educator and curator. He was the founder and head of the department of printmaking at the National College of Arts and Craft in Oslo in the 1970s, and as Chairman of Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo in the 1980s, he introduced important international artists and exhibitions to the Norwegian audience.
In 2003/04, Malmedal was honored with a retrospective exhibition at The National Museum in Oslo and Kode in Bergen (Bergen Art Museum). Malmedal’s artistic output is marked by exploration and experiments towards the painting’s medium, support, texture and the relation between picture and frame. His abstract pictorial language spans poetic color-field paintings and natural lyricism, often evoking spaces of vast depth.

Selected works


Arne Malmedal 1937-2018
Lived and worked in Asker, Norway


1956 – 1960 National Arts and Crafts School, Oslo, Norway


2024 Masterworks 1991-2013, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2020 Paintings from the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2013 Galleri Riis, Oslo
2011 Galleri Riis, Oslo
2009 Galleri Riis, Oslo
2007 Galleri Riis, Oslo
2003 The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
2003 Bergen Art Museum, Bergen, Norway
2000 Gallery LNM, Oslo
1996 Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
1994 Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
1988 Nordic Art Center, Galleri Augusta, Helsinki, Finland
1985 Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
1984 Galleri F15, Moss, Norway
1979 Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
1975 Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
1969 Bergens Kunstforening, Bergen
1963 Holst Halvorsens Kunsthandel, Oslo


2015 Abstraksjon 11, Kunstnerforbundet Oslo
2003 storebrand@stenersen, Stenersen Museum, Oslo
2002 Rogaland Kunstmuseum (with Hanne Borchgrevink, Tore Hansen, Bjørn Ransve, Leonard Rickhard), Stavanger, Norway
2002 Konkret. Nonfigurativ kunst I Norge 1920 – 2000, Lillehammer Art Museum,Trondheim Art Museum, Bergen Art Museum, Norway
2001 Kunstsamlingen i fokus, Bomuldsfabriken, Arendal, Norway
1999 Samensatt, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
1998 Carnegie Art Award 1998. Nordic Painting, The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden
1997 Erling Neby Collection, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland
1990 Terskel II, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
1982 5 Künstler aus Norwegen, Kunstverein Kreis, Gütersloh, Germany
1981 Nordisca tecknare, Nordisk Kunstcentrum, Helsinki, Finland, travelling exhibition in the Nordic countries
1969 Moderne norsk kunst, Baku, Azerbaijan
1969 X Bienal São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
1969 Ung norsk grafikk, Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm
1968 The Sixth International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
1966 Arte grafico de los paises nórdicos, Museo de Arte Moderne, Mexico City, Mexico
1965 Sixième exposition internationale de la gravure, Ljubljana, Slovenia
1965 Quatrième Biennale de Paris, Paris, France
1965-68 Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
1961-63 Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo


The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, OsloBergen Art Museum, Bergen, Norway


The Norwegian Police University College, Oslo
Storebrand Head Office, Oslo
Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen Norway
Asker Kulturhus, Asker, Norway