Most people agree with me - an art exhibition by Karl Karlsson

13.05.2016 to 18.05.2016

Most people agree with me - an art exhibition by Karl Karlsson

Vernissage Friday May 13 at 19:00
with speeches, music, bar and Karlssons homebrewed absinth beer

"No, I have not changed my mind"
A seminar about exposing art as fraud (program coming)
Saturday 14 May. 2:00 p.m.

Opening hours
May 13, 7:00 p.m. to potentially 3:30 a.m.
May 14, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
May 15, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
May 16, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
May 17th 12:00 to 2:00 a.m.

We have outdoor seating on the opening and closing night.
It is possible to buy a snack on May 17, and at 3 p.m. Karlsson will offer a taste of surströmming.

The artworks will be for sale, each work goes to the highest bid above 1500 NOK
Pictures of the works will be posted here in the event with individual biddings. The biddings closes at 2:00 a.m. on May 18. After this the five minute rule applies.
Kurant takes a commission on 50% and the remaining profits will be donated to SMISO, Support center against incest and sexual abuse in Tromsø.
On top of the final bid comes an art fee of 5% of the sales amount. This goes to the Visual Artists Assistance Fund.

In spring 2015 the artist-run space Kurant entered a public debate that arose after the police union representative Karl Karlsson in an interview with the local newspaper iTromsø slaughtered some of the paintings that had been purchased by KORO as public art for the new police headquarters in Tromsø. The cover of the newspaper showed a picture of Karlsson saying "I could have made this myself in my own garage!". He was also quoted as saying "if it's this easy to create art, I imagine a career as an artist after I retire from the police".

It was easy to foresee the discussion that would follow in the newspaper, where one was either for or against contemporary art as such. Rather than dismiss Karlsson's allegations as unfounded, we at Kurant published an open letter in the same newspaper, in which we invited him to make good on his claims by creating an art exhibition in our space. He accepted the invitation, and we have over time been in dialogue about his artistic process. This has received huge attention in the media and the people of Tromsø in general. The newspaper iTromsø has followed the case almost minute by minute, and many have expressed that Karlsson puts words on their feelings about contemporary art. Now the stage is set for the final act of this cultural-political comedy, when Karlsson's own paintings will be exhibited at Kurant. Well met!