Marte Johnslien

Marte Johnslien (b. 1977 in Lillehammer, Norway) received her artistic education at the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, where she also earned a PhD in Artistic Research in 2019. Johnslien’s projects encompass architectonic sculptures, installations, photography, and artist´s books – separately or combined, often derived from processes examining a wide range of issues ranging from industrial mining, via Tibetian Buddhism, to activism. She also creates paintings and sculptures in traditional media, mostly with a conceptual approach. Johnslien is probing into themes by way of seeking first-hand experiences and collecting material, and from these observations she develops and gives shape to what she refers to as the “project’s logic”. Marte Johnslien lives and works in Oslo.

Selected works


Born 1977 in Lillehammer, Norway
Lives and works in Oslo, Norway

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2016-2019 PhD in Artistic Research, Art and Craft Department, National Academy of the Arts, Oslo
2002-2005 National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo
2000-2001 Robert Meyer Kunsthøgskole, Oslo
1997-2000 Bath Spa University College, UK
1996-1997 Einar Granum Kunstfagskole, Oslo


2023 Gaea Norvegica, KRAFT Bergen, Bergen, Norway
2022 The Spoon and the Silica / Ceramic Sculpture, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway
2020 White to Earth, ROM for kunst og arkitektur, Oslo
2018 A Square on a Sphere, Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Lillehammer, Norway
2015 Forms of Resistance, Elephant Kunsthall, Lillehammer, Norway
2014 Forms of Protest, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway
2013 Relevo, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2013 If you search for the object all you’ll find is the name, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand
2012 The Whitest White, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
2011 United Nuances, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2008 18% Gray, 0047 Oslo, Oslo


2021 CLINAMEN (Gillian Lowndes, Lydia Gifford, Marte Johnslien), FOLD, London
2021 Nyervervelser på Haugar, Haugar Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway
2020 Et Kollektivt Kaosmos, Kunsthall Oslo
2018 Sweep – Landskip, Kinokino, Sandnes, Norway
2017 Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo, Norway
2016 NN-A NN-A NN-A – New Norwegian Abstraction, Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger
2015 A River in the Ocean. 12th Havana Biennial, Cuba
2015 NN-A NN-A NN-A – New Norwegian Abstraction, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo
2013 Inside Outside Architecture, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
2013 NoPlace presents… 24 Spaces, Malmø Kunsthall, Malmø
2012 CHROMA III, curated by Marie Nerland, Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen
2012 Endless You, Part of the Galleri D.O.R presentation at the Armory Show 2012, New York
2011 Black and White and Everything In-Between, History Forms My Revolution, Galleri Sverdrup, University of Oslo, Oslo
2010 Monument to the Right Angle. Modern Dialect, curated by Win Van den Abbeele, Museum of Modern Art Antwerp, Belgium
2008 Le Livre sur Le Livre, Bookish, curated by Matt Packer, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2008 Untitled (Blue), Untitled (Pink), Lights On, Bastard presents: Monumenti Mori, curated by Anders Smebye, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo
2007 Norske Svik, Tempo Skien, curated by Marianne Zamecznik and Telemark Kunstnersenter, Skien
2007 Synthetic Nature, curated by Leif Magne Tangen, Kunstraum D21, Leipzig, Tyskland


National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway
Henie Onstad Art Center, Høvikodden, Norway
Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
Lillehammer Kunstmseum, Lillehammer, Norway
Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway


Faculty of Odontology, University of Bergen
Gulating Courthouse, Bergen
Norad Center of Development, Oslo