Kari Brandtzæg
Biography

Kari J. Brandtzæg is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Oslo with a project on trans-national orientations among Norwegian social engaged artists in the 1920s and 30s. In 1997 she had a grant from FOR ART and curated the show “Network–Glasgow” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo. In 2001–2002 she was a research fellow for the exhibition and book project Norway–Russia: Neighbours for a thousand years, Scandinavian Academic Press 2004. From 2002–2006 curator for several shows on modern and contemporary art for The National Museum in Oslo, Norway among others; “Watch Out Art from Moscow and St. Petersburg” in 2004 and “Kiss the Frog! The Art of Transformation” in 2005. Currently she is the curator for the upcoming exhibition “The Shadow of War. Political Art in Norway 1914 – 2014” at the House of Artists, Oslo January – March 2015. Brandtzæg has published numerous articles in periodicals, exhibition catalogues and books and was an art critic for the daily newspaper Dagbladet 2009–2008. Recent publications and projects include; «Kunst på barrikadene. Henrik Sørensen og Willi Midelfart som representanter for en norsk avantgarde i mellomkrigstiden», Per Bäckström & Bodil Børset (red.) Norsk Avantgarde, Novus forlag; Oslo 2011, The Past through the Eyes of the Present, exh. catalogue and curator for the “Nordic Art Today: Conceptual Debts, Broken Dreams, New Horizons”, Loft Projet Etagi, St. Petersburg 2011, “Art, war and pacifism in light of Susan Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others”, Agora, 1/2012, Aschehoug, and “Morten Krohg and art’s oppositional role” Tania Ørum(ed) A Cultural History of the Avant-garde in the Nordic Countries vol. III, Rodopi B.V. Amsterdam-New York 2014.