As a cultural centre, Lillehammer is characterized by institutions such as Lillehammer Art Museum and Maihaugen, several galleries, bold architecture and public art.
The city’s long and deep traditions in the field of decorative arts and crafts are reflected and pursued at Lillehammer University College. By providing studies and research in subjects related to culture and the media, the college participates in an ongoing debate on, and development of, aesthetic subjects and values.
In an environment characterized by science and education, art gives rise to reflection and insight. It elicits wonderment and it provokes.
Several public works of art were commissioned during the expansion of Storhove, which was completed in 1989. Here we can find works by the cooperating artists Lars Paalgard and Jonas Lindstrøm, as well as by Kristin Andreassen, Jan Egge, Kurt Edvin Hansen, Gitte Dæhlin and Jan Stensrud. Several of the artists are based locally.
A gift from LOOC
In the context of the 1994 Olympic Games a large art programme was implemented. The radio and TV centre, which was later rebuilt into a college, comprised two ornamental elements. One consists of Paul Brand’s red 14-metre tower next to the main entrance, the other being Dag Skedsmo’s four indoor wall reliefs.
Furthermore, we have the Olympic Collection of 1994, which comprises contemporary art made by 38 artists from ten countries. Following the Olympic Games, the collection was donated to the college by LOOC (Lillehammer Olympic Organization Committee), after having been part of the cultural programme during the games.
These works are placed in central locations in the building.
Some can also be found in the library, in the canteen and in two of the auditoriums.
The collection consists of more than one hundred works, and is distinguished from other Norwegian art collections by having been accumulated over a very short period of time. This is the largest art collection in any Norwegian college. Through its topics and techniques, the collection reflects important trends in contemporary art during the 1990s.
Communication, body and nature
In terms of topics, the works concentrate on communication, body and nature – key concepts in the context of the Olympic Games.
During the year preceding the games, the artworks were displayed as two separate exhibitions, and they were housed in arenas and VIP facilities during the games themselves. The structure of the collection is intended to remind us that there is a concealed reality behind the visible exterior. Behind the list of results are the doping tests, behind the smiles of the champions there are heads full of thoughts and emotions, and behind the successes there are fine-tuned diets, sore muscles, exhaustion and aching backs.
There are no simple answers to how each of the works of the collection should be interpreted or what stories they tell. Their meaning emerges and a reaction is evoked in the interaction between each spectator and the artworks themselves.
In the new building of the School of Film you will encounter art by Hanne Nilsen and the American John Waters, who is also a film maker and a film critic. They both use elements of humour as a catalyst.