12 May - 10 September 2017
Henie Onstad Sanatorium, Høvikodden, Norway.
Carsten Höller invites the people of Norway and their international visitors to come to the Henie Onstad Sanatorium, situated West of Oslo Central, for treatment. Through a series of experimental installations and sculptures, treatment-seekers can float, slide and fly their way through the Sanatorium. Roaming robot-beds offer the possibility to check-in and spend the night there for private sessions.
The overnight stay at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter is made in collaboration with Lysebu Hotel.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s there were several sanatoriums in the vicinity of Høvikodden. Built to cure various diseases, sanatoriums were often situated in beautiful scenery, close to the forest and the sea, where the air was healthy. While some were designed to cure tuberculosis, other, older sanatoriums were intended to provide recreation and relaxation, more in line with what we might associate today with a spa visit.
-Along the lines of these ideas, and based on the Henie Onstad's unique location, Höller got the idea for the exhibition's title and concept the first time he visited us here at Høvikodden. Now the public are invited to re-experience a sanatorium through the transformative power of art, Tone Hansen explains.
The exhibition includes several works where the audience can participate. Two Flying Machines is on the roof of Henie Onstad Sanatorium and gives an opportunity to fly when conditions allow. In case of rain and wind over 12 m per second, it is not possible to use the Flying Machines.