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Nico Widerberg

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Driven by an almost unrelenting creative impulse, which seems to be a Widerberg tradition, Nicolaus Widerberg achieved international recognition early in his career. By competing, and winning many significant public commissions for large-scale sculpture he rapidly established himself in both Scandinavia and Britain.

His figure sculpture is timeless whether it is made in bronze, granite, or more recently, glass. Predominantly still and monolithic, it unites traditions as diverse as pre-classical Greek and the elongated presences of Giacometti. Sometimes it seems as if in developing a stubbornly private form of neo-classicism Widerberg has insouciantly by-passed a century of modernism and its aftermath. If he has, it is in that spirit that Andre Breton observed in the antique, the metaphysical.

Nicolaus Widerberg was born in Oslo in 1960, the son of Frans Widerberg the distinguished Norwegian painter. After graduating from the Academy in Oslo he continued his studies in France and Italy, and in 1991 he received a state scholarship. He has participated in numerous group shows in Scandinavia and since 1984 has held many one-man exhibitions at Norway's major public and private galleries. His works are held in public and private collections in Norway and Britain. His most recent public commissions include, for example, large-scale works for the *Aker Maritime AS Oslo, Gardemoen Airport and Universtiy Gallery Newcastle He currently lives in Oslo where he has his studio.

 

Solo shows  (selected)
 
2007 Galleri Varden, Moss
2007 Galleri Guddal, Rosendal
2007 Larvik Kunstforening, Larvik
2007 Galleri Hanne, Trondheim
2007 Norske Grafikere,stentrykk, Oslo  
2006 Galleri Haaken, skulpturer, Oslo  
2006 Nesbyen Kunstforening, Nesbyen
2006 Festivalkunstner mai jazz, Kunstgalleriet i Stavanger
2006 Galleri Brandstrup, Stavanger
2005 Galleri Haaken, maleri, Oslo
2005 Grounds For Sculpture, New Jersey, USA
2005 Galleri Varden, Moss
2005 Galleri Osebro, Porsgrunn
2005 Aalesunds Kunstforening, Ålesund
2005 Risør Kunstforening, Risør
2005 Galleri Dobag, Kristiansund 
2004 Galleri Brevik ,Tromsø
2004 Eleftherias Park Gallery, Athen, Hellas
2003 Galleri Haaken, Oslo
2002 Aalesund Kunstforening, Ålesund
2002 Weidemann Samlingen, Ringebu
2001 Galleri Christian Dam, København
2001 Galleri G, Rosendal
2000 Galleri Haaken, Oslo
2000 Kunstnerforbundet i Oslo
1999 University Gallery, Newcastle, England
1999 Hå gamle Prestegard, Jæren
1998 Norske Grafikere, Oslo
1998 Momentum – Galleri Brandstrup, Moss
1998 Hadeland Glassverk, Jevnaker
1997 Galleri Christian Dam, København
1997 Galleri Haaken, Oslo
1996 Dornum, Statoil. Tyskland
1996 Nordisk Ministerråd, København
1996 Galleri Brandstrup, Stavanger
1996 Bergen Kunstforening
1995 Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Lillehammer
1995 Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
1993 Galleri JMS, Oslo
1991 Lillesand Kunstforening, Lillesand
1990 Wang Kunsthandel, Oslo
1989 Sandefjord Kunstforening
1987 Wang Kunsthandel, Oslo
1986 Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
1984 Galleri Albin Upp, Oslo
 
Group shows (selected)
 
2007 Skulptur Nord Norge, Nord Norske Kunstforeninger
2007 Utstilling i Bellville, Paris, Frankrike
2007 Galleri His, Arendal
2007 Stavern Kunstforening, Stavern
2006 Lillesand kunstforening, Lillesand
2006 Utstilling i Bellville, Paris, Frankrike
2006 Galleri Ormlet, Tjømme, Tønsberg
2006 Telemark Fylkesgalleri, Notodden
2006 Galleri Nicolines Hus, Kragerø
2006 Galleri Haaken, Oslo
2005 Olympia Art Fair, London
2005 University Gallery, Newcastle, England
2005 Sandefjord Kunstforening, Sandefjord
2004 University Gallery, Newcastle, England
2004 Art Fair, Chelsea, London, England
2004 Telemark Fylkesgalleri, Notodden Bluesfestival, Notodden
2003 Sal Haaken, Henie-Onstad kunstsenter, Bærum
2003 Galleri Gamle Ormelet, Tjøme
2002 Galler Bi-Z, Kunstmappe, Kristiansand
2002 Nils Aas Kunstverksted, Inderøya, Sør-Trøndelag
2001 Galler Bi-Z, Kristiansand
2001 Galleri Haaken, Oslo
2001 Norske Bilder, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo
2001 Molde Kunstforening, Molde Jazzfestival, Molde
2000 Kapperups Konsthall, Sverige
1999 Galleri Art Contact, Wien, Østerrike
1999 Steningen slott - World exhibition of glass, Sverige
1999 Galleri Haaken, Le Petit Format, Oslo
1998 Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Steinhoggere, Lillehammer
1998 Grafikkutstilling, Xi-an Academy of FINE Arts, China
1998-04     Norske Bilder, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo
1997 Galleri Bi-Z, Kristiansand
1997 Art Copenhagen, Galleri Christian Dam, København
1997 Galleri Haaken, Stall Haaken, Oslo
1997 Billedhoggerforeningen, Jubileumsutstilling, Karl Johan Oslo
1995 Art Copenhagen, Galleri Christian Dam, København
1993 Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Bærum
1991 Nordisk utstilling, Århus, Danmark
1990       Kuovla, Samtidsmuseum, Finland
1990 Aalborg Kunstpaviljong, Danmark
1989 Galleri F-15, Jeløya, Moss
1988 Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes hus, Oslo
1987 Wang Kunsthandel, Oslo
1987 Norge 87, Gøteborg, Sverige
1987 Grieg-hallen, Skulptur ute, Bergen
1985 Ung Nordisk Kulturfestival, Stockholm, Sverige
1983 Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Bærum
 
Monuments, public commissions (selected)
 
2007/9      Coop 100 års-jubileum, Bjørvika Oslo
2007 Hafslund Hovedgård, Sarpsborg
2007 University of Northumbria, Newcastle, England
2006 Domus Medicus, Oslo    
2006 Frontline, Aker Brygge, Oslo
2005 Statoil hovedkontor, Houston USA
2005 Statoil hovedkontor, New York USA
2005 Høyvekta på Moss, Sentum, Moss
2005 Engø Gård, Tjøme
2004 Oslo Atrium,Oslo
2004 Vegdirektoratet, Oslo
2004 University of Northumbria, Newcastle, England
2004 Jewel of the Seas RCCL, USA
2003 Asker sentrum, Asker
2003 Eksportfinans, Oslo,
2003                  Torgmannen Torget, Molde,
2002 Radiance 4, RCCL, USA 
2002 Seaham Hall, Sunderland, England
2002 Klepp Helsesenter, Klepp
2002 Reiten & CO, Oslo
2002 Hurtigruta Finnmarken, Norge
2001 Colosseum park - Selvaag, Oslo
2001 Hotell Latvia, Riga, Latvia
2001 Radiance 2, RCCL, USA
2001 Seaham Hall, Sunderland, England
2000 Regjeringsbygget, Statsministerens Kontor, Oslo
2000 Pecunia eiendomsselskap, Oslo
2000       Parabola Estates, Newcastle, England
2000 Reiten & Co, Oslo
2000 Aker Maritime ASA, Lysaker
2000 University of Northumbria, Newcastle, England
2000 Parabola Estates, Central Square, Newcastle, England
2000 Kvinnherad Sparebank, Rosendal
1999 Sjølyst Atrium, Skøyen, Oslo
1999 Kistefoss Museet, Jevnaker
1999 Den Norske Ambassaden, Berlin, Tyskland 
1999 Alfaset minnegravlund, Oslo
1998 Statoil hovedkontor, Stavanger
1998 Oslo Lufthavn, Gardermoen
1998 Bekkelaget kirke, Oslo
1997 Norneplattformen, Statoil, Nordsjøen
1996 Statoil hovedkontor, London
1996 Statoil hovedkontor, Stavanger
1996 Oasen senter, Bergen.
1996 Hurtigruta Polaris, Norge
1995 Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Lillehammer
1995 Telia Hovedkontor, København
1995 Handel & Kontor, København
1995 P. Brøste A/S, København
1995 PGS Consulting, Lysaker
1995 RCCL cruiseskip, USA
1995 Sparebanken NOR, administrasjonsbygg, Oslo
1994 Trygve Lie - monumentet, Furuset, Oslo
1993 NRK - Østlandssendingen, Oslo
1993 RCCL cruiseskip, USA
1993 Kapellet, Ullevål sykehus, Oslo
1992 Statoils gassterminal, Kårstø
1990 Advokatfirma BAHR, Oslo
1990 RCCL cruiseskip, USA
1991 Monument, Rokta-forliset, Aukra kommune, Møre og Romsdal
1989 Monument, Thor Heyerdahl, Tollerodden, Larvik
1986 Aker Brygge, Oslo
1984 Portrett Overlege Søhol, Ullevål Sykehus, Oslo
 
Awards
 
Amnesty prisen, Glassbjørnen Nasjonal Miljøpris, Norsk Toppfotball pris, Folkets Idrettspris, Heyerdahls Internasjonale Maritime Miljøpris, Ildsjelen Det Klg. Norske Vel, Årets Handelspris……