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Paul McCarthy, Josh Smith, Christopher Wool in Before Tomorrow

22 June—8 October 2023
Group exhibition at Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway

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Astrup Fearnley Museet is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in 2023. To mark this significant milestone, the museum is undertaking an extensive exhibition titled Before Tomorrow featuring works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, which will fill the museum’s two buildings designed by Renzo Piano.

The exhibition will fill the museum’s buildings with more than 100 works from the collection. Alongside recent acquisitions, the exhibition will include both iconic and lesser-known works, showcasing the collection’s breadth and scope across the museum’s two buildings. The selected works represent various time periods and highlight a number of key directions that have come to define the identity of the collection and the museum more broadly.

The Astrup Fearnley Collection is one of Europe’s most wide-ranging collections of international contemporary art. Beginning in the 1960s, Hans Rasmus Astrup assembled a collection that emphasized artists themselves, rather than historical periods or stylistic trends, a focus that established him as one of the world’s most active, daring, and influential collectors. The collection holds multiple works from several significant artists, both Norwegian and international, documenting the development and complexity of their practices. With the passing of Astrup in 2021, the Astrup Fearnley Collection was donated to a non-profit foundation that has as its sole purpose to further develop this collection and to present it to a broad public.

The celebration of the museum’s anniversary is thus also a tribute to the museum’s founder, Hans Rasmus Astrup, who, with this generous gift, made his collection available to us all.