Ida EkbladDownload Biography
Ida Ekblad (b. 1980, Norway) is one of the most recognised contemporary artists of her generation working today. Her artistic practice comprises a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, performance, filmmaking, and poetry. Her work is inspired by a multitude of sources and one can recognize sub-cultural and pop-cultural influences. Art historically, Ekblad’s oeuvre is influenced by a variety of artists such as Odilon Redon, Paula Modersohn Becker, Paul Thek, Harriet Backer, Edvard Munch, Florine Stettheimer, and Helen Frankenthaler. Her style is signified by a genre-crossing approach and incorporates, for example, the aesthetics of graffiti, manga culture, arts and crafts, old master paintings, deviant art, and meme culture. Ekblad’s practice is focused on our hyper-retinal culture which she tries to visually record and comprehend. “Whatever sense I find,” she says, “is primarily an aesthetic sense. In painting, sculpture, and via material twists and turns, I am striving to make a personal and decent pattern of what happens to come my way.” (Ida Ekblad, Artist Statement, “A mansion for all lovely forms,” 2018)
Ekblad lives and works in Oslo. She is educated at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2007) and the Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles, USA (2008). She participated in the Venice Biennale (2011, 2017), as well as in numerous solo and group exhibitions, besides her most recent solo show in 2021 at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, her work was presented at a variety of institutions in solo exhibitions, among them 2019 at Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland and Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico; Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany (2018); Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (2017); National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, Oslo, Norway (2013); Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2010); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2010).
Her work is owned by a multitude of important public and private institutions and collections around the world.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark.
November 30, 2021 - September 11, 2022
First the Good News: New works in the collection
KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen
December 3, 2021 - March 13, 2022
Nominasjoner til Kunstkritikerprisen 2020
Norwegian Critics Association nominations for Art Critics' Prize 2020
Before Tomorrow – Astrup Fearnley Museet 30 Years
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo
June 22 – October 8, 2023
Celebrating Equinor - contemporary art from the Equinor art programme
Equinor Headquarters, Stavanger
Political Song for Jessica Simpson to Sing (2007/2021)
New acquisition by the collection of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Two intimate performances by Nils Bech in Ida Ekblad's exhibition “STRANGE FREEDOMS SHALL BE SOUGHT”
May 26, 2023
Solidarity Prints for Artists at Risk
Organized by Adam Broomberg in partnership with recom ART GmbH & Co. KG.
The Painting Is the Language
Louisiana Channel visits Ida Ekblad in her studio outside Oslo, Norway
January 13, 2023