A. K. Dolven

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A K Dolven
Born1953 (age 65–66)
Oslo, Norway
Known forPainting, video art
AwardsThe Prince Eugen Culture Prize

A K Dolven (born 1953) is a Norwegian artist. She works in several mediums such as painting, film, and interventions in public space. She lives in Kvalnes, Norway.

Life and work[edit]

Dolven was born and grew up in Oslo but left for France in 1972 to study art at École des Beaux-Arts in Aix-en-Provence, and then École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She returned to Norway in 1982 to study at the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo.

She lived between Berlin and Lofoten from 1987 to 1997 after receiving a DAAD Scholarship. From 1997 to 2005, she worked between London and her home in Lofoten; in 2005 she established her Atelier Kvalnes, the base for her international practice. [1][2] Dolven's photo and video work often shows motifs from this and other places north of the Arctic Circle.[3][4] She has received media attention for her public sculpture projects[5][6][7][8] and was the initiator of the outdoor sculpture project Artscape Nordland.

She has been described as one of Norway's best-known living artists,[3][9][10] and has exhibited widely including Bergen Kunsthall, South London Gallery, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios Dublin, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Kunsthalle Bern, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Moderna Museet Stockholm and Platform China. She was awarded the German Fred-Thieler Prize in 2000 and the Swedish Prince Eugen Medal in 2005.[11][12]

A monograph of her work, A K Dolven: Please Return, edited by Gaby Hartel, was published by Art / Books in February 2015 to coincide with a solo show at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.[13]


Her work is included in collections such as The Art Institute of Chicago,[14] Philadelphia Museum of Art, Arts Council Collection UK, Hoffmann Collection, KIASMA, La Gaia Collection, Kunsthalle Bern, Fundacion Salamanca Ciudad de Cultura, The National Gallery of Norway, Tate and more.

Further reading[edit]

  • A. K. Dolven, Moving mountain, text by Andrea Schlieker, 2004. ISBN 82-303-0197-2
  • Berlin North, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2004, ISBN 3-88609-487-1
  • 20 02, Staatliches Museum Schwerin, Kornelia von Berswordt-Wallrabe and Birgitta Heid, 2002, ISBN 3-86106-077-9
  • headlights, A. K. Dolven, Selene Wendt, Ina Blom, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, 2002, ISBN 82-90955-50-2
  • it could happen to you, A. K. Dolven, Steven Bode, film and video umbrella, 2001, ISBN 0-9538634-5-X
  • Anne Katrine Dolven, Bernhard Fibicher, Ellen Seifermann, David Batchelor, Claire Doherty, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2001, ISBN 3-933096-56-1
  • Four Places for Shining Stones, Zygmunt Bauman, Øyvind Berg, Henning Christiansen, Seamus Deane, Michael Glasmeier, Annette Groth, Maaretta Jaukkuri, Volker Müller and Angelika Stepken, Orchard Gallery Publications, Derry, 1999, ISBN 1-902016-08-4
  • januar, Ina Blom, Michael Glasmeier, Hans Rudolf Reust, Salon Verlag, Cologne, 1997, ISBN 3-932189-05-1
  • 19 91 A. K. Dolven, Michael Glasmeier, Nordiskt Konstsentrum, 1991, ISBN 951-8955-14-X
  • Dolven Nedrum, Horsens Kunstmuseum Lunden, 1990, ISBN 87-88985-20-2
  • Anne Katrine Dolven, Maaretta Jaukkuri, Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, 1988, ISBN 3-923479-30-1


  1. ^ "Jennifer Allen on A.K. Dolven - artforum.com / archive". Artforum.com. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  2. ^ "NRK Nett-TV - hastighetsmåling". Nrk.no. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  3. ^ a b Skye Sherwin. "Artist of the week 74: AK Dolven | Art and design". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  4. ^ [1] Archived June 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [2] Archived June 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Sök" (in Swedish). svenska.yle.fi. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  7. ^ "New artwork by A K Dolven, Oslo | Art | Wallpaper* Magazine". Wallpaper.com. 2010-02-22. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  8. ^ "A. K. Dolven - artforum.com / archive". Artforum.com. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  9. ^ "Norges 60 viktigste kunstnere - Bevegelser - VG". Vg.no. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  10. ^ "Dolven blir Festutstiller i 2004 - NRK Kultur og underholdning - Nyheter og aktuelt stoff". Nrk.no. 2003-05-07. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  11. ^ "H.M. Konungen delade ut medaljer - Sveriges Kungahus". Royalcourt.se. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  12. ^ "Prins Eugen Medaljen (1945-2007)" (PDF). Royalcourt.se. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  13. ^ "Art / Books | Publishers of fine illustrated books | A K Dolven". Artbookspublishing.co.uk. 2015-04-19. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  14. ^ "Amazon | The Art Institute of Chicago". Artic.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-04.

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