PAUL STOLPER is pleased to announce the launch of their new gallery, STOLPER + FRIENDS, opening on September 1st, 2011 in Oslo, Norway. Opened in partnership with long-time collaborators Magne Furuholmen and Hugo Opdal, the gallery is located in the newly thriving arts district of Tjuvholmen near the city centre of Oslo. Historically a dockland and on the sea front, the Tjuvholmen has been newly revived from its industrial past. STOLPER + FRIENDS is one of a few galleries that is spearheading the area’s cultural development. Due to open in 2012, the acclaimed Astrup-Fearnley Museum of Modern Art is also relocating to Tjuvholmen with a stunning new building designed by Renzo Piano.
STOLPER + FRIENDS will launch on September 1st, 2011. The 2011 season will include exhibitions from their stable of contemporary internationally recognised artists as well as leading Norwegian artists. The inaugural exhibition is a stunning group of prints by Damien Hirst entitled ‘The Souls’: a series of shimmering foil-block butterflies. The first group exhibition at STOLPER + FRIENDS is 'SNAP – THE PORTFOLIO', opening in October, a unique collection of large-scale prints by twelve internationally acclaimed British artists including: Sarah Lucas, Gary Hume, Don Brown, Darren Almond, Cerith Wyn Evans and Juergen Teller. 'SNAP – THE PORTFOLIO' will be a rare opportunity to view both new prints and unique works by leading YBAs rarely shown in Norway.
To be exhibited later in the year, STOLPER + FRIENDS will show new works by Magne Furuholmen. Having shown for many years with Paul Stolper Gallery in London and at Studio Hugo Opdal in Flø, Norway, it is only fitting that Furuholmen should exhibit at STOLPER + FRIENDS in Oslo with an exhibition of his latest paintings and sculptures. STOLPER + FRIENDS proudly stands as a concrete manifestation of years of creative collaboration. Other artists to be exhibited in the coming season include Nicolay Aamodt, Peter Blake, Darren Coffield, Keith Coventry, Susie Hamilton, Sarah Hardacre, Rachel Howard, Claire Pestaille, Peter Saville, Gavin Turk, Håvard Vikhagen and the artist collective Apparatjik.