Støttet av Norsk Kulturråd og Kulturetaten. Åpningstider: Ons - søndag 12 - 16. ​Rådhusgata 19, ​Anatomigården 0158, Oslo


The artists Ilavenil Vasuky Jayapalan, Julian Orlin Espe, Mikkel Vestad, Leon Lindgren, Lova Hiselius, and Laura Polanska have through an open call been selected as the participants for Podium’s summer residency. Over the month of July, the artists work together under the guidance of the curatorial platform Oslo City towards a collective exhibition on view at BO from July 27 to July 30.

Katie Alfheim, Amir Asgharnejad, Merete Joelsen Aune, Åse Pleym Bakken, Andrea Bakketun, Nina Bang, Eskil Bast, Benedicte Beldam, Anne Margrete Bergh, Bjørn Bjarre, Gidsken Braadlie, Yamile Calderon, Vilhelm Christensen, Pia Eikaas, Francis Enebeli, Jeff Engberg, Lina Bournane Engelbreth, Mari Eriksen, Frøydis Eriksson Erstad, Jan Trygve Fløysvik, Andrea Galiazzo, Christine Gebis, Marianne Gihle, Peik Elias G. Greaker, Kirsti Grotmol, Kristian Hagerup, Siri Hjorth, Hanna Høiness, Marin Håskjold, Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas, Christian Kolverud, Kristy Kross, Cecilie Lind, Liva Mork, Terje Nicolaisen, Randi Nygård, Rigmor Nygaard, Janne Paulsen, Torild Rødland, Ilona Sawicka, Marit Silsand, Roald Sivertsen, Eva Sjøwall, Ane Barstad Solvang, Simen Utsigt Stenberg, Guro Synnestvedt, Marit Søndersrød, Charlotte Tjomsland, Lena Trydal, Kristine Vintervold, Toril Gjerumundsdatter Wik, Ilija Wyller, Kristin Ytreberg, Heidi Øiseth

Curated by Mathilde Carbel

Samuel Beckett once wrote: «Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.», inspired by this quote and in opposition to the constant drive for success dominating our society, curator Mathilde Carbel has invited BO’s members to partake in an experiment of failures. Aren’t the mistakes we make just as important as the breakthroughs in our work, and life in general?

BO’s members have all been asked to bring one work which they are discontent with, but they nevertheless kept, just in case. Are these so-called «mistakes» really mistaken? And what happens when these off artworks enter the exhibition space?

Mistakes Were Made: Members Galore is a little community of failures and a cabinet of curiosity sat amongst fellow flaws. What one might see as failed, another might experience completely different – often the imperfect is not perceived as a flaw, but rather the key element that sparks our interest, that senseless thing or the unexpected jewel which is the comma of a sentence, which makes it all make sense. So let’s make use of this fortuitous opportunity to come together and celebrate the otherwise uncelebrated.


Opening Thursday 29th 19-22

Wednesday-Sunday 12-16 at BO (formerly know as BOA) and Festsalen (First floor at Oslo Kunstforening).
Stay posted for events during the exhibition span!

Curated by:
Admir Batlak & Margaret Abeshu

Bror August Vestbø og Benjamin Barron
Alva Brosten
Coline Cherry
Espen Cook
Sara-Lovise Ask Ewertson
Fredrik Floen
Harald Lunde Helgesen
Ishara Jayathilake
Tonje Plur
Susanne Roti
Aleksander Sahr
Sara Skogøy
Jennie Steen
Anne Karine Thorbjørnsen
Morteza Vaseghi
Ida Falck Øien

We are excited to announce Admir Batlak and Margaret Abeshu as the curators for Oslo City #8 opening on 29th of September!
Batlak and Abeshu have invited 17 local fashion-related practitioners and aim to show a wide range of contemporary fashion perspectives. Being exhibited in an art space, the works are activating the medium's potential outside of its conventional contexts.
Oslo City is BOA's satellite program for which external curators are invited to curate short events in BOA's premises. The initiative looks at the subcultural and interdisciplinary art environment in Oslo, and the goal is to give the general public insight into the political thoughts and ideas that characterize the young art and culture field in Oslo today. Oslo City is initiated by Hedda Grevle Ottesen, and run together with Ida Charlotte Nilsen.
Oslo City is supported by the The Norwegian Art council, BO and Oslo Municipality.


4 - 20. juni 2021

Witchmag is an art fanzine produced by Astrid Lillo (1986) The first issue of Witchmag was released in the spring of 2014, and since then the fanzine has developed into an established underground platform for the young art scene in Oslo, especially in the electronic music scene. So far, five issues of Witchmag have been published, previous release parties have been arranged at Kafe Hærverk and Mir, among others. Each issue consists of various artistic contributions loosely based on a specific theme, which often have an exploratory and playful entrance to something esoteric or mysterious. The current theme for the exhibition in BOA’s premises in June is portals and here Lillo has invited several artists to a larger exhibition. The participating artists are: Sindre Røysland Karlsvik, Pernille Myrvold, Imri Adam Beck, Svein Eldøy, Dora Dorky, Olga Nikonova, Ulrik Dybvig, Sunniva Dybvig, Dahir Doni, Hedda Grevle Ottesen and Astrid Lillo.

Tidligere Oslo City: 30. april – 23. mai 2021 i Festsalen


Graduating students from Prosjektskolen Art School show work in the Celebratory Hall in Rådhusgata 19. The exhibition is part of BOA's satellite program Oslo City.

Bjarne Melgaard x Gateavisa = ​Cute but not that cute

23.10 –25.10 2020 På BOA – Billedkunstnere i Oslo og Akershus

Gateavisa celebrates 50 years, and on the occasion of issue number 200, the publication has entered into a collaboration with Bjarne Melgaard to create a cartoon. It will be Melgaard’s first, and is completely unique in his art. Thematically, it deals with homopolitics, capital criticism, anxiety, paranoia, the coronavirus, drug abuse, sexuality, hedonism and corruption in the international art world. Melgaard also brings satirical ladles to Norwegian art and cultural life. Throughout the comics, he describes the backside of being a so-called “superstar artist”. But most of all, Bjarne makes fun of Bjarne. The cartoon largely shows the artist’s talent for humor and ability for self-irony. Why Bjarne Melgaard? He is a pronounced anarchist, and together with the publisher Frode Saugestad ran an art gallery called the Norwegian Anarchist Fraction in Oslo in the 1990s. Like Gateavisa, Melgaard is also one of the very few publicly known representatives of counterculture and anarchism in Norway. We think the collaboration is a good match, both ideologically and aesthetically. In the exhibition at BOA this weekend, we want to improvise on site. Bjarne takes his markers with him. Gateavisa brings its archive, new prints and parts of the cartoon, the musicians bring strobe. We pull everything into the pot, rub our hands and see what happens.


11.September - 13. September 2021

Agatha Wara
Melanie Kitti
Ella Novotny-Honeyman
Kim Laybourn
Jomikkel Huse og Eirik Abri som Object Oriented Ontology (OoO) Damla Kilickiran
Jan Eric Wold Skevik Natalie Price Hafslund Kuratert av Hedda Grevle Ottesen

Opening hours
Ons – søndag
12 – 16

​Rådhusgata 19 ​
Anatomigården 0158


BO is supported by Arts and Culture Norway and Oslo Municipality.

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