photo: nina djærff

“I wake up in the morning to try and make something worthwhile that wasn’t there the day before, and to learn something from the materials I choose to work with.”

magne furuholmen

magne furuholmen (born 1962) is a renowned Norwegian visual artist, musician / composer and poet. Furuholmen started his professional visual practice in 1989, and works within a wide range of mediums, with printmaking and sculpture as core parts of his extensive oevre. Furuholmen’s subject matter draws inspiration from from literature and language, often with self-written text and autobiographical elements present, as well as references to historical events and art history. Latin and the English language are central components. With a strong and poetic visual language, the artist works in a balance of fields of color and sharp lines, with juxtaposed words and statements handwritten or in characteristic stylized fonts. He often makes series of works, always centred around a clear conceptual starting point. Magne Furuholmen has exhibited widely internationally, and his work is represented in institutions and private collections around the world. Furuholmen holds a Honorary Doctorate in Fine arts (D.F.A.) at the University of Agder, and was made Knight of the 1st order of St. Olav by King Harald of Norway for service to mankind.


Solo shows:


Esper Lucat – Kunstverket, Oslo Norway
Aizuri-E – Hadeland Glassverk, Norway

Völuspa, Alnes, Norway
Extra Super Plus, KHÅK, Norway
Monolog, The Norwegian Festival of Literature
Sum, fueraam, fiam, semper idem, The Petter Dass Festival, Norway


Breathe Gently, Kunstgalleriet Norway Ornament, Soli Brug, Norway


Ignis, Telemarksgalleriet, NiA, Norway

For all Beginnings there is an End, Rana Museum, Norway

Texture, with HM Queen Sonja, Salteriet, Nusfjord, Norway


Sorgenfrei, Trafo Kunsthall, Norway
TM51, Norway

Icon, Haugesund billedgalleri (Official Film-festival artist), Norway

Stigma, Ismene, Norway
Sorgenfrei, Galleri Jennestad, Norway
Stigma, Bærum kunstforening, Norway


The Summer Exhibition, Galleri Guddal, Norway
The Summer Exhibition, Tranøy Galleri, Norway
Spina, Kunstgalleriet, Stavanger Norway

Texture, Galerie Møller Witt, with HM Queen Sonja, Århus, Denmark


Texture, with HM Queen Sonja, Stolper, London UK
Texture, with HM Queen Sonja, Bergen, Norway
Marginalia, with Lars Saabye Christensen, Norwegian Printmakers’ Association 2015

Peeling a Glass Onion, Dovecot, Edinburgh


Peeling a Glass Onion, Dovecot Edinburgh


Self Portraits, Kunstverket, Oslo


Norwegian Wood, Paul Stolper, London UK


Bouquet, Trafo Kunsthall, Norway
Retrospective, Blaafarveverket, Norway


Echo, Stolper + Friends, Oslo


Alpha Beta, Paul Stolper, London, UK
Camera, Galleri Trafo, Norway


Anticlimax, Studio Opdahl, Norway

Climax, The Nobel Peace Center, Oslo Norway
Paintings & monotypes, The Norwegian Forest Museum


Scrabble, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway
Monologues, Paul Stolper, London, UK


Building Ruins, The Norwegian Printmakers’ Association, Oslo

Morceaux Choisis, Timothy Everest, London, UK


Payne’s Gray, Edinburgh Fine Printmakers, UK
Payne’s Gray, Paul Stolper, London, UK

Payne’s Gray, The Henie Onstad Art Center, Norway


Foci, Lillehammer Art Museum, Norway

Foci, Museum of Contemporary Glass Art, Denmark
Resonance, Christian Dam, Copenhagen, Denmark


Pincette, Kunstverket, Norway


New Works, Norwegian Printmakers Association, Norway


Y Project, The Central Academy Museum, Beijing


In Concert, Galleri Brandstrup, Norway

Blue Note Boulevards, w Henning Kramer Dahl, The Henie Onstad Art Centre, Norway


The Y Project, City Hall, Hong Kong


Kutt, The Henie Onstad Art Centre, Norway


Selected Group shows


London Original Print Fair


VW Contemporary, Greenwich Connecticut, USA


Large Formats – Wise Hands, Clay Museum of Ceramic Art, Denmark

Akershus Literary Festival, Norway

Trykk, Risør Kunstpark, Norway

Blues in Art, Telemarksgalleriet, Norway


The Art of Storytelling, MAC Niteroi, Brazil


Five Centuries of Woodcuts, The National Museum of Norway

QSPA prints, Scandinavian House, New York


The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK


Under Stor Press, Dunkers, Helsingborg, Sweden


The Term “Reality”, Paul Stolper, London, UK


Coriander Plus, curated By Sir Peter Blake, UK Pairs, Paul Stolper, London, UK
Blake/Furuholmen/Kørner, Galleri Trafo, Norway Print Basel, Switzerland

Hove Festival Art, Norway


Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China

MTV 25 Years, ICA, London, UK

Danger Global Warming, Blacksmoke / Greenpeace, UK


New Graphics, Karlshamn Konsthall, Sweden

Gap Hanoi, The Goethe Institute, Vietnam Apex, Academy of Fine Arts, Vietnam


The B&W Xmas Show, Hot Rod, Norway

New Nordic Light, St. Petersburg, Russia World
Ceramics, Oslo, Norway

The Henie Onstad Collection 30 years, Norway


Xmas Calendar Oslo Central Station, Norway


Crossover 99, Gallery F15, Norway Norwegian Graphics Union, Oslo, Norway


La Salle, The Art Academy, Singapore

Norwegian Images 10 Yrs, Oslo City Hall, Norway

To Art Be Thou Burnt, The Ceramics Museum, Midelfart, Denmark


2nd Biennale of Book Art, Martin, The Slovak Republic
Excudit, Vikingsberg Konstmuseum, Sweden


The State Autumn Exhibition, Oslo, Norway Myriorama, w Henning Kramer Dahl, Norwegian Printmakers’ Association


Art For Freedom, The Henie Onstad Art Centre, Norway


Works represented

Collection British Museum, London UK The Norwegian State Archives

The Norwegian Culture Council Kistefos Museum, Norway
The City of Bergen, Norway

Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
The College of Fine Arts, Shanghai, China

The Henie Onstad Art Centre, Norway

Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway

Statsbygg, Berlin, Germany

Museum of Contemporary Glass Art, Copenhagen
Grafikens Hus, Sweden

Oslo Municipal Collection

Asker Municipal Collection

Bodø Municipal Collection

Haugesund Municipal Collection

Sandefjord Municipal Collection

Tvedestrand Municipal Collection

Høyenhall Skole, Norway

Worldview International Foundation

Kunst på arbeidsplassen, Norway


Private collections

The Queen Sonja Collection The Aker Collection

The Hydro collection, Norway Ernst & Young, Norway
The Warner Building, Berlin

Skjerven Group, Berlin

Collection of Mr. Kjell Inge Røkke Collection of Mr. Jan Petter Collier
Collection of Dr. Ted Vassiliev

Collection of Mr. Øyvind Eriksen Collection of mr Per Gunnar Rasmussen Collection of The Dalai Lama
Accenture, Norway

Norwegian Shipowners Association, Norway


Artist books represented

Bibliothèque National De France Kupferstichkabinett
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Museum Für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany

Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden

National Gallery of Australia

Research Library Hirshorn Museum, USA

The Smithsonian, Washington DC, USA


Selected Commissions

Askekall – Public commission, Heggedal, Asker 2022
Rook Takes Bishop, Public commission, Middelfart, Denmark 2018

Imprints, ceramic sculpture-park, Fornebu, Norway 2016
Varner building, Norway 2015
Arise Sunk Loot, Aker Solutions, Norway 2013
Bouquet, Norway 2012

Code One, Aglaia, Palma 2012

Umsteiger, Berlin, 2010
Climax, The Nobel Peace-Center, Oslo Norway, 2007
Resonance, The City of Bergen, Norway 2003
Pincette, Official Norwegian Postage Stamp, 2001



Tommerup Keramiske Værksted 30 år vol. I & II, 2018
Imprints (Monograph), Press Publishing 2017

QSPA 5 – Queen Sonja Print Award 5 years, Press Publishing 2016
The Art of Storytelling, MAC Niteroi, Brazil 2016
Choreography of Sound – Between Abstraction and Narration, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2015

Apparatjik World (Monograph) Metamerge UN-Ltd, UK 2015
In Transit (Monograph) Forlaget Press 2013

I Wish This Was a Song, Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art,
Some Book, Burg Giebichenstein Hochschule, Germany 2012

Illustration in Norwegian books, 2012

Landscape & Room – The Queen Sonja collection, 2012
Apparatjik – Not a Hair Dryer, Neue National Galerie, Berlin 2011

ArtMag, Deutsche Bank Magazine, 2011

Alphabets, Black Dog Publishing, UK, 2010

This Is The Way We See It, Erich Weiss, 2009
Monologues, 2007

Gap Hanoi, OCA, 2006

Paul Stolper Editions, 2005

Norwegian Artist Yearbook, 2005

Art In The Statoil Collection, 2004

Payne’s Gray, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2004 (Artist Book)
Stjerneskutt, Forlaget Press, 2004 (Artist Book)
Stjerneskudt, Nansensgades Antikvariat, 2004 (Artist Book)

Foci, Lillehammer Art Museum, 2004

Lerkrukker & Glasmosaik, Liebeskind, Denmark, 2002
Blue Note Boulevards, Grøndahl Dreyer, 1997 (Artist Book)
Kutt, Henie Onstad Art Center, Edition Bløndal, 1995



Knight of the 1st class St. Olav’s Order

Queen Sonja Print Award, Board Member since 2014
Honorary Doctorate degree (D.F.A.) Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Agder 2017

The Bergen International Festival, (Chair of the Board) 2015 – 2019

The Rev Ocean Art Program (Artistic director)

The Norwegian Printmakers’ Association (Chair of the Board)

Gutenberg Academie, Mainz, Honorary mentor 2015
MAC Niteroi, Brazil, Sculpture workshop 2015

Nordic Salon, Dunkers Helsingborg, (jury-member) 2014
Elmgreen & Dragset, Too late to be Ordinary (remix) 2014

Norwegian State Autumn Exhibition, 1st prize for Best Graphic Work 1996

The College of Fine Arts, Shanghai, guest-professor 1996

State grant, Norway 1996

China 5000 Years, Guro Dahl installation, The Henie Onstad Art Center (sound) 1995

Electra, Henie Onstad Art Center, (initiator and sound- installation) 1994
Meltdown, Olympic Winter Games (performance w Nils Petter Molvær) 1994
Founder / member of cross-disciplinary artist- collective Apparatjik since 2008


Apparatjik performances

The Sound of Szczecin, Music.Design.Form, Poland 2018

Day of The Dead, Bergen International Festival, Norway 2016
Xmas Xtravaganza, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo 2014

The Sound of Music Fosnavåg, with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Norway 2014
Apparatjik@SMK, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen 2013

Thinking Inside The Box, The Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo 2012

Everybody is on Stage, Roskilde Festival, Denmark 2012

The Apparatjik Light Space Modulator, Installation, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin 2011

We Are Here, Strelka Institute, Moscow 2011

We Are Here, Steierischer Herbst, Graz 2011

We Are Here, The Serpentine Gallery, London 2010

We are here, Club Transmediale, Berlin 2010


Apparatjik installations

Everybody is a composer, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Norway 2014

The Sound of Silence, Tjuvholmen Sculpture park, Oslo 2012

Everybody is a Pixel, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin 2011
Rudolph The Chrome Nosed Reindeer, Dunkers, Helsingborg 2011

Alle Komponerer, The National Museum of Norway / Go with the Flø, Norway 2010

Apparatjik workshops & lectures

The Choreography of Sound, ZKM, Karlsruhe 2013

We Are Here to: Give You A Lecture!, Burg Gibichenstein, Germany 2012

We Are Here, Strelka Insitute, Moscow 2011

Globe Art Café, Frankfurt 2011

Pupparatjik, The Faculty of Fine Arts / NTNU, Trondheim 2010


CV as musician / composer / performer


Selected music awards

BMI Outstanding Achievement Award, UK 2013

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, US 2012

Spelemann Lifetime Achievement Award, Norway 2010
Q Inspiration Award, UK 2009
BMI Outstanding Achievement Award, UK 2009

BMI Outstanding Achievement Award, UK 2007

The Edvard Grieg Award, Norway 1998

Ti kniver i hjertet, Silver Bear Winner Berlin Film Festival 1994
BMI Outstanding Achievement Award, UK 1991
4 Spelemann awards, Norway 1986

Grammy Nomination Best New Artist, USA 1986
8 MTV Awards, USA 1986


A-ha discography

True North 2022

Summer Solstice MTV unplugged 2017

Cast in Steel 2015

Foot of the Mountain 2009

Analogue 2005
Lifelines 2002

Minor Earth Major Sky 2001

Memorial Beach 1993

East of the Sun, West of the Moon 1990

The Living Daylights, 007 James Bond (Title song) 1989
Stay On These Roads 1988

Scoundrel Days 1987

Hunting High & Low 1985


Apparatjik discography

Square Peg in a Round Hole, MetaMerge UN-Ltd 2012
Footsteps for Mies, Neue National Galerie, Berlin 2011
Bolshevik Box, MetaMerge UN-Ltd 2010

We Are Here, MetaMerge UN-Ltd 2010


Magne Furuholmen Discography (artist & producer)

White Xmas Lies, (Drabant) 2018

Word Symphony, Limited edition vinyl (Passionfruit) 2010

A Dot of Black in the Blue of Your Bliss (Passionfruit) 2008

Past Perfect Future Tense (Passionfruit) 2004
Payne’s Grey, Limited edition vinyl (Passionfruit) 2004
Hermetic (Rune Gramophone) 1998

Hotel Oslo (BMG) 1996


Featuring on (composer / producer):

Undo my heart, Tini (VoxWatch music) 2014
Winter days, Martin Halla (Universal) 2013

ER by Nils Petter Molvær 2005

Indian Ocean, Cat Stevens (as musician) 2004
Archivalia Vol. 1, The Henie Onstad Art Center (producer) 1996


Film (composer / score)

Yesterday / Beatles 2014

Thor Heyerdahl – In search of Paradise 2007
Dragonflies / Øyenstikker 2001

Bloody Angels / 1364 Høtten 1998

Hope to die / Ti kniver i hjertet 1994