Galleri Riis

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.


  1. 1956 – 1960National Arts and Crafts School, Oslo, Norway


  1. 2020Paintings from the late 1990's and early 2000's, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  2. 2013Galleri Riis, Oslo
  3. 2011Galleri Riis, Oslo
  4. 2009Galleri Riis, Oslo
  5. 2007Galleri Riis, Oslo
  6. 2003The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
  7. 2003Bergen Art Museum, Bergen, Norway
  8. 2000Gallery LNM, Oslo
  9. 1996Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
  10. 1994Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
  11. 1988Nordic Art Center, Galleri Augusta, Helsinki, Finland
  12. 1985Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
  13. 1984Galleri F15, Moss, Norway
  14. 1979Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
  15. 1975Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
  16. 1969Bergens Kunstforening, Bergen
  17. 1963Holst Halvorsens Kunsthandel, Oslo


  1. 2015Abstraksjon 11, Kunstnerforbundet Oslo
  2. 2003storebrand@stenersen, Stenersen Museum, Oslo
  3. 2002Rogaland Kunstmuseum (with Hanne Borchgrevink, Tore Hansen, Bjørn Ransve, Leonard Rickhard), Stavanger, Norway
  4. 2002Konkret. Nonfigurativ kunst I Norge 1920 – 2000, Lillehammer Art Museum,Trondheim Art Museum, Bergen Art Museum, Norway
  5. 2001Kunstsamlingen i fokus, Bomuldsfabriken, Arendal, Norway
  6. 1999Samensatt, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
  7. 1998Carnegie Art Award 1998. Nordic Painting, The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden
  8. 1997Erling Neby Collection, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland
  9. 1990Terskel II, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
  10. 19825 Künstler aus Norwegen, Kunstverein Kreis, Gütersloh, Germany
  11. 1981Nordisca tecknare, Nordisk Kunstcentrum, Helsinki, Finland, travelling exhibition in the Nordic countries
  12. 1969Moderne norsk kunst, Baku, Azerbaijan
  13. 1969X Bienal São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  14. 1969Ung norsk grafikk, Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm
  15. 1968The Sixth International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  16. 1966Arte grafico de los paises nórdicos, Museo de Arte Moderne, Mexico City, Mexico
  17. 1965Sixième exposition internationale de la gravure, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  18. 1965Quatrième Biennale de Paris, Paris, France
  19. 1965-68Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
  20. 1961-63Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo


  • The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
  • Bergen Art Museum, Bergen, Norway