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Marianne Heier, Diamond, 2012. Performance view.

Marianne Heier

Bergen Kunsthall

Marianne Heier, Diamond, 2012. Performance view.

The annual Festspillutstillingen—the visual art component of the Bergen International Festival—was first held in 1953. Hosted by the city’s Kunsthall, it has since become one of Norway’s most prestigious solo exhibitions. Successful Norwegian artists such as Bjarne Melgaard and Elmgreen and Dragset have had their turn; this year’s exhibition was Marianne Heier’s “Surplus,” curated by the Kunsthall’s director, Solveig Øvstebø. As usual in Heier’s politically and conceptually driven practice, lucid reflections on social and economic structures were given simple but efficient sculptural form. By showing only two works—grotesque, monumental Vima balanced by tiny, inconspicuous Diamond, both 2012—and placing them outside the exhibition venue, the artist made sure her festival exhibition would be remembered as a bold one.

The first part of Diamond was a performance

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