Arne Malmedal

Arne Malmedal (b. 1937, d. 2018) was educated at the National College of Art and Design, Oslo, and held his first solo show in 1963. Alongside regular exhibition activity, he was a vital figure on the Norwegian art scene. He was the founder and head of the department of Graphic Art at the National College of Arts and Craft in Oslo in the 1970s; and as the Administrative Director at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo in the 1980s, he contributed to the realization and introduction of important exhibitions and artists to the Norwegian audience. In 2003/04, Malmedal was honored with a retrospective exhibition and accompanying monograph at The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo which also traveled to the Bergen Art Museum. Malmedal’s work is marked by exploration and experiments in relation to space/plane, picture/frame, and color/brushstroke. His work spans from minimal color-field paintings to natural lyricism to mental spaces of vast illusional depth. The use of e.g. paint rollers gives recent paintings an opulent texture, yielding a tangible and vigorous presence.

Selected works


Lived and worked in Asker, Norway


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


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