The exhibition Amdam og Andersen + Håkon Bleken may be regarded as a total installation. Roald Andersen junior’s sculptures and Marius Amdam’s paintings come up from the floor and down again, and we are swept along, into and out of relations and roles. The exhibition is full of open-ended stories of childhood, family, home, the city, art and death. «Døden, døden, døden», (i.e. Death, death, death), as the writer Astrid Lindgren would say as an opening in her telephone conversations, just so one would get the unpleasant theme out of the way and rather talk about other things. Bearable things. Ordinary things.
Marius Amdam had a solo exhibition at Trondheim kunstmuseum in 2011. That one explored childhood, becoming an adult, entering the role of the artist, and the role of the artist in itself. InAmdam og Andersen + Håkon Bleken these are still main themes, but they are also seen in relationship to being the head of the family. It’s about close relationships, elusive roles, and about the complex feelings that may arise. One of the rooms is dedicated to Father. Another one is dedicated to Mother. One room is dedicated to the Child, and, to make things even more complicated, yet another one is dedicated to the Artist.
Trondheim kunstmuseum continually works with new and interesting ways of presenting the museum collection. This also includes Kunstgaven, a collection of works donated to the museum by Håkon Bleken in 2008. For the last years, in order to readdress these works, we have invited artists to see their own body of works in the light of Håkon Bleken’s donated works. Among others, they have been exhibited along with works by the German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann (2017), with works by Bleken’s former colleagues in Gruppe 5 (2016) and lastly, with the artist collective Tegneklubben (2018).
This time the artists Marius Amdam and Roald Andersen junior are the ones who will engage in a dialogue with Håkon Bleken’s works. Håkon Bleken’s body of work touches upon several of the same themes that Amdam and Andersen address. These three are men who are not afraid of tackling the great themes of life.