Galleri Riis

Eline Mugaas

Eline Mugaas (b. 1969) received her artistic education from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. Mugaas currently lives and works in Oslo. After nearly a decade in New York and having garnered various photographic and scenographic commissions, Mugaas returned to Norway in 2000, where the public was first introduced to her work in a breakthrough exhibition "Let me be your one way street" at Fotogalleriet (The Photographers' Gallery) in 1996. Mugaas has concentrated on photographing urban, everyday motifs; and her works possess a dynamic quality that borders on the painterly. There is a forthrightness and immediacy in the depictions, and the style of execution is sensual. This allows the beholder to discover novelty even in everyday scenarios. She also works with film and collage and curating, receiving 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. In 2016, Mugaas published the book Siri Aurdal by Eline Mugaas, which recontextualizes Aurdal's artistry and led to reconstructions of Aurdal's previous works along with extensive exhibitions. Mugaas received the prestigious Lorck Schive Art Prize from the Trondheim kunstmuseum in 2019.


  1. 1989 - 1993The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, USA
  2. 1988 - 1989Ramapo College, New Jersey, USA


  1. 2020The Necessity of Dependent Clauses, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  2. 2017This is a Song, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  3. 2016Aurdal/Mugaas, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
  4. 2014Another Room, Galleri Riis, Stockholm
  5. 2014I Make Another Room, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  6. 2010Face of young man half in shadow, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  7. 2008Skin flick, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  8. 2007Some Cities, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
  9. 2006Bridge & Tunnel, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  10. 2004Ultima Thule, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  11. 1998Let me be your one-way street, Fotogalleriet, Oslo
  12. 1996A Disclosure, Herslebsgate 10, Oslo


  1. 2019Lorck Schive Art Prize 2019, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway
  2. 2018The Arcade Gallery: Siri Aurdal / Eline Mugaas, Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden
  3. 2017subjektiv, ALBUM by Eline Mugaas and Elise Storsveen, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
  4. 2016Slow Images, Lillehammer Museum of Art, Lillehammer, Norway
  5. 2016It's cloud illusions I recall, Fotogalleriet, Oslo
  6. 2015Young Pioneers, Kunsthall Oslo
  7. 2015ALBUM#, The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard Massachusetts,USA
  8. 2014Take Form, Galleri Riis, Stockholm
  9. 2014The Summer Show -ALBUM, White Columns, New York, USA
  10. 2013The Beginning is Always Today, SKUM, Art Museum Kristiansand, Norway
  11. 2013The Studio Project, W17, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
  12. 2012Millennium Magazines, MOMA, New York
  13. 2009Fake Snow, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  14. 2007Synthetischer Natur, D21 Kunstraum Leipzig, Germany
  15. 2006Paris Photo, Paris, France
  16. 2005Likheter & Forskjeller/Similarities & Differences, New Norwegian Photography, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway
  17. 2004UKS Bienniale IV, Oslo
  18. 2001Eline Mugaas / Mette Tronvoll, Christianssands Kunstforening, Norway
  19. 199810 Women Photographers, Alledged Gallery, New York, USA


  • Jan Groth Collection, Rogaland Art Museum, Stavanger, Norway
  • Preus Museum, Horten, Norway
  • Oslo Kommune Kunstsamling, Oslo
  • Kode 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