Hanne Tyrmi (b. 1954) has been a professional artist for more than 30 years, and exhibited at prestigious galleries such as Henie-Onstad Art Centre and Museu de Arte Moderna in São Paulo. She works in a wide variety of sculptural techniques and often combines film, photo, and text in monumental installations. A sense of the physical and tangible is an important part of her communication with the viewer. She combines experimentation in various new media with craft traditions within sculpture, including modelling, metal casting, and wood carving – the objects always arising from her confidence in the essential properties of her materials. Tyrmi is concerned with gender ideals, material consumption, and the societal mechanisms that cause alienation – not least the suppression of individuality in an institutionalised society.

For this exhibition she will use the museum’s spaces as a metaphor for states of mind. The public will be invited to wander through a labyrinth of rooms, including the museum kitchen where a chaotic display of crockery expresses a transparent vulnerability. Every room is characterised by a mental state ranging from trauma and vulnerability to the elated and euphoric. The building will be transformed into an archive of vivid memories.

In conjunction with the exhibition SKIRA will publish a book with texts by Line Ulekleiv, Lotte Konow Lund, and the exhibition’s curator Tone Lyngstad Nyaas.