Stavanger Kunstmuseum


wood and metal, 1979, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum

Bård Breivik (b. 1948) was educated at Bergen National College of Art and Design and the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, as well as St. Martin’s College of Art in London. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad. One can note in particular that he was exhibitor of the year at the Bergen International Festival in 1988 and that he represented Norway at the Biennial in São Paolo in 1991.

It was with his exhibition Fibre at Henie Onstad Art Centre in 1981, where he exhibited a series of works under the same name, that Breivik had his real breakthrough on the Norwegian art scene. Since the 1970s he has mainly worked with natural and rather Spartan materials such as wire mesh, mounds of sand, wood and stone, and demonstrated an interest in simple, elementary shapes such as boats and oars. We can see characteristic examples of this in the Savings Bank Foundation’s two works from the Fibre Series. The materials used are wood and metal and the radically stylised and abstract vertical forms are reminiscent of boats.

Since the end of the 70s Breivik has worked in an increasingly abstract idiom and he eventually also made use of more advanced materials such as aluminium and metal. In recent years he has added art commissions and art in public places to his repertoire and among these can be mentioned the columns he created for Torgallmenningen in Bergen, which provoked heated debate long before the project was realised in 1999.


Broken Surface

Flakes in stainless steel, Stavanger Kunstmuseum


2009, Lillehammer kunstmuseum

Bård Breivik (b. 1948) is a recognised Norwegian sculptor who often works with simple, elementary shapes in stone. The workGorillais a characteristic example of this.

The title, and the roughly hewn shape with four massive legs, more than suggests that what we are looking at is one of the animal kingdom’s most powerful creatures. The gorilla is the largest species among the apes, and its compact majestic appearance is duplicated in Breivik’s highly abstract sculpture.

In addition, the ape is a frequent motif in art history, it has been perceived as a mirror of human beings, and with its mimicking abilities it can also serve as a symbol of art itself.