Bjarne Melgaard: Puppy Orgy Acid PartyBjarne Melgaard: Puppy Orgy Acid Party Fri 10 Apr 2015 to Sun 3 May 2015
Bjarne Melgaard: Puppy Orgy Acid Party at Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, from April 10 to May 3, 2015
For Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard (b. 1967), nothing is sacred, not even Finland’s beloved Moomin Troll family. In his large-scale paintings, the artist mixes his characteristic provocative imagery and text with Tove Jansson’s familiar Moomin characters.
Melgaard’s first solo exhibition at Galerie Forsblom engages viewers with the rich colours and forms of his worlds. The new paintings’ compositions are dominated by organized chaos, which he has materialized via the momentum of creation: acrylic paint is poured on the floor and splashed directly onto the canvas.
Early in his career, Melgaard created controversial installations that referenced subcultures such as BDSM and heavy metal. Melgaard knows no taboos in art: he readily takes on any subject. His expressive paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations have achieved a unique standing in the art world, as Melgaard’s style and provocative themes have made him a controversial but acclaimed artist.
Melgaard was born in Sydney and grew up in Oslo, where he studied at the Norwegian National Academy of Arts. He continued his studies at Royal Academy of Visual Arts in Amsterdam and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. Melgaard has had numerous exhibitions in the world’s leading galleries and museums, and his most recent uproar was sparked by his Melgaard + Munch / The End Of It All Has Already Happened exhibition at Oslo’s Munch Museum. In 2011, the artist represented Norway at the Venice Biennale. His works are included in many major museums and private collections, such as the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Rubell Family Collection, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, the Malmö Art Museum and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art Collections. In addition to the visual arts, Melgaard is known, inter alia, as a curator, a fashion designer, and a writer. The artist currently lives and works in New York.
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