Architectural model by Snøhetta showing the Bjarne Melgaard House, Oslo, installed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, as part of Melgaard’s project A House to Die In, 2012–.


“Bjarne Melgaard: A House to Die In”

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
The Mall
September 25–November 18

Curated by Matt Williams

Psychopathic hackers, HIV bug chasers, murderers, and meth—the excesses of Bjarne Melgaard’s terror-world only grow darker when one knows that the artist’s engagement with these subjects never stops at skin-deep. Now the ripped, disturbingly tan Norwegian is working on A House to Die In, which, true to form, will actually be built. To design this bizarre Oslo studio/residence, Melgaard has been collaborating with Snøhetta, of New York’s World Trade Center Memorial Pavilion fame, and, from cad renderings of mutable s/m chambers to maquettes of decomposing exterior walls, the ICA is strewn with their plans. But lest such relatively rational production leave you yearning for more, an onslaught of paintings by schizophrenic artists (with whom Melgaard has been sharing his studio) tests the venue’s optical limits in true horror-vacui form.