Bjarne Melgaard

Norwegian, b. 1967

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Bjarne Melgaard

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Norwegian, b. 1967

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Multi-hyphenate Bjarne Melgaard’s practice is as immersive as it is provocative. Engaging a plethora of methods in his paintings, sculptures, writing, and sensory installations, Melgaard probes psychological angst and taboo-bending subcultures. In recent work, he has crafted large-scale pink panther figures, some holding meth pipes, covered in seemingly arbitrary swaths of paint. His expressionistic paintings incorporate texts that have a confessional quality, revealing desires, fears, violence, personal anxieties, drug-taking, and sex, though whether these relate to a fictional or real persona is left ambiguous. “Melgaard’s art comes across as something much closer to need itself, something manically important he’s trying to get at,” the critic Jerry Saltz wrote, “even if he knows that in our oversaturated, defensively cynical moment that this is almost impossible.”

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ICA London
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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and 1 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

Multi-hyphenate Bjarne Melgaard’s practice is as immersive as it is provocative. Engaging a plethora of methods in his paintings, sculptures, writing, and sensory installations, Melgaard probes psychological angst and taboo-bending subcultures. In recent work, he has crafted large-scale pink panther figures, some holding meth pipes, covered in seemingly arbitrary swaths of paint. His expressionistic paintings incorporate texts that have a confessional quality, revealing desires, fears, violence, personal anxieties, drug-taking, and sex, though whether these relate to a fictional or real persona is left ambiguous. “Melgaard’s art comes across as something much closer to need itself, something manically important he’s trying to get at,” the critic Jerry Saltz wrote, “even if he knows that in our oversaturated, defensively cynical moment that this is almost impossible.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
ICA London
Group
Group show at a major institution
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Articles Featuring Bjarne Melgaard
Art World Wild Man Bjarne Melgaard Is Turning Himself into a Fashion Brand—and Giving Away the Clothes
Feb 14th, 2017
Art World Wild Man Bjarne Melgaard Is Turning Himself into a Fashion Brand—and Giving Away the Clothes
Unintentional Radical Bjarne Melgaard On His “Puppy Orgy Acid Party”
Apr 13th, 2015
Unintentional Radical Bjarne Melgaard On His “Puppy Orgy Acid Party”
11 Must-See Shows in Early 2015
Jan 19th, 2015
11 Must-See Shows in Early 2015
A Group Show Considers Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ and Otherness in Art
Oct 22nd, 2014
A Group Show Considers Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ and Otherness in Art
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