Walking along the Akershus Fortress wall a big mouth suddenly opens and invites you to visit Mr. Man. In the foyer a big, red robot pierces the roof. You are overlooking 3500 m2 of an old sewerageplant transformed into Pushwagner's world - So raw that the children gets scared, as the artist describes it himself. This is the dream.
The reality is that the Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner wants to establish a museum to collect his art of a lifetime into e parmanent exhibition and at the same time give Oslo a new arena to exhibit Norwegian and international contemporary art. The occasion is Forsvarsbygg's competition of the underground sewageplant.
Pushwagner is known as one of the most famous artist in Norway, and the attention around him has increased dramatically the latest years. His international breakthrough came in 2008 when the original drawings of the visual novel Soft City was exhibited at the Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art, and the New York Times described it as "... disturbing urban images..." The drawings was one of the highlights of the Biennale, and after that several international exhibitions and awards have taken place.
After a legal dispute, Pushwagner has again been given the full right to decide which museum of his works to be given. To establish a Puswagner Museum ensures that the works are collected for the future rather than be scattered in museums around the country.
The Pushwagner museum will be operated by the Pushwagner Foundation, and in addition to show his own art permanently in one of the big halls, there will also be place for temporary exhibitions in the other. The goal is to create a vivid exhibition space both to show well established Norwegian and international artists, but also to showcase young and promising artists at the spring of their carreer. In addition there will be established a studio for children to interact with art as an activity. In that way the museum will offer activity for the whole family, school classes and for children of all ages.
The Axel Jensen Room is intended the writer that has had a great inpact on Pushwagner, and can be an arena for litterature in addition to the art perspective. The auditorium will also provide different kinds of activities, and The Café Existens on top of the fortress wall connected to the foyer, interacts with the outdoor spaces of the Fortress.
The old sewageplant has unique spaces that tells the history of the place. This history continues to be told throug leaving most of the premises as they are. Along with Pushwagner's art, the story continues, and will continue as long as the space is filled with new activity. The museum plans are made in close collaboration with the artist himself.
The jury will give its judgement in September 2011 and will decide if Pushwagners dream gets brought into life.
Pushwagner's underground world
Client: Hariton Pushwagner
Location: Akershus festning, Oslo (NO)
Size: 3500 m2
Status: Competition entry