Eline Mugaas

Eline Mugaas (b. 1969 in Oslo) received her artistic education from The Cooper Union in New York. After nearly a decade in New York having garnered various photographic and scenography commissions, Mugaas returned to Norway where the public had been introduced to her work with the exhibition “Let me be your one way street” at Fotogalleriet in 1996. In her photographs, Mugaas has focused on the urban landscape and interior spaces, and everyday motifs with a still-life quality that borders on the painterly. There is a forthrightness and immediacy in the depictions, and the style of execution is sensual.

She has also worked with film, collage and objects, public commissions and curatorial projects. She received praise for Hold stenhårdt fast på greia di, an exhibition of activist and feminist art she co-curated with Elise Storsveen for Kunsthall Oslo in 2013. With Storsveen, she has since 2008 published the fanzine ALBUM, and in 2016, Mugaas published the book Siri Aurdal by Eline Mugaas, which recontextualizes Aurdal’s artistry and led to reconstructions of her early works and several major exhibitions. Mugaas received the prestigious Lorck Schive Art Prize from the Trondheim Kunstmuseum in 2019. She lives and works in Oslo.

Selected works


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Photo: Christina Undrum Andersen Courtesy Trondheim Kunstmuseum

Born 1969 in Oslo, Norway
Lives and works in Oslo, Norway


1989 – 1993 The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, USA
1988 – 1989 Ramapo College, New Jersey, USA


2022 I tilknyttede rom / In Adjoining Rooms, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2020 The Necessity of Dependent Clauses, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2017 This is a Song, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2016 Aurdal/Mugaas, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
2014 Another Room, Galleri Riis, Stockholm
2014 I Make Another Room, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2010 Face of young man half in shadow, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2008 Skin flick, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2007 Some Cities, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
2006 Bridge & Tunnel, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2004 Ultima Thule, Galleri Riis, Oslo
1998 Let me be your one-way street, Fotogalleriet, Oslo
1996 A Disclosure, Herslebsgate 10, Oslo


2023 Søsterskap Contemporary Nordic Photography, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France
2019 Lorck Schive Art Prize 2019, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway
2018 The Arcade Gallery: Siri Aurdal / Eline Mugaas, Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden
2017 subjektiv, ALBUM by Eline Mugaas and Elise Storsveen, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
2016 Slow Images, Lillehammer Museum of Art, Lillehammer, Norway
2016 It’s cloud illusions I recall, Fotogalleriet, Oslo
2015 Young Pioneers, Kunsthall Oslo
2015 ALBUM#, The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard Massachusetts,USA
2014 Take Form, Galleri Riis, Stockholm
2014 The Summer Show -ALBUM, White Columns, New York, USA
2013 The Beginning is Always Today, SKUM, Art Museum Kristiansand, Norway
2013 The Studio Project, W17, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
2012 Millennium Magazines, MOMA, New York
2009 Fake Snow, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2007 Synthetischer Natur, D21 Kunstraum Leipzig, Germany
2006 Paris Photo, Paris, France
2005 Likheter & Forskjeller/Similarities & Differences, New Norwegian Photography, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway
2004 UKS Bienniale IV, Oslo
2001 Eline Mugaas / Mette Tronvoll, Christianssands Kunstforening, Norway
1998 10 Women Photographers, Alledged Gallery, New York, USA


Jan Groth Collection, Stavanger Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway
Preus Museum, Horten, Norway
Oslo Kommune Kunstsamling, OsloKode Art Museums, Bergen, Norway
Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
The Art Museum of Northern Norway, Tromsø, Norway
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
Haugar Kunstmusem, Tønsberg, Norway
KORO, Norway