Press Release

Bergen Kunsthall presents a large-scale exhibition with new works by the American artist Oscar Tuazon. Tuazon (b. 1975 in Seattle, WA) is known predominantly for his sculptural work, but his practice also expands towards architecture and activism. His work often uses architectural techniques and materials, producing quasi-functional objects, parts or representations of spaces, or constructions that are open to use and appropriation. Many of his projects are inspired by alternative and utopian architectures of the 1960 and 1970s, do-it-yourself buildings and early eco-efficient and self-sustainable living models. Tuazon explores these architectural approaches to test their potential for today, not only in terms of the underlying technological principles but also alternative uses of space and models of subjectivity they propose.



International exhibitions

International Archives 1st half of 2023

Oscar Tuazon, Water School

Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (Norway)

27.01 - 09.04.2023




The exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall presents new works and a large-scale installation connected to Tuazon’s ongoing project Water School. With this project, starting in 2016, Tuazon and collaborators explore the dynamics and power plays that regulate access to land, water, and infrastructures. The physical structure of the Water School is based on a design for a “Zome House”(1969–1972) by the architects and engineers Holy and Steve Baer, an early radical design based on the use of passive solar energy.

As the artist explains the project, “Water School moves, following water as it cycles across vast geographies, linking mountains to oceans and subterranean aquifers to the skies above them. Water School is a mobile architecture, learning from the fluidity of its medium and the collaborative process of its construction.”

For his exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall, Oscar Tuazon presents a scaled-down version of the initial Water School pavilions. The structure will occupy all four main gallery spaces of the Kunsthall and create a series of rooms in which inside and outside blurs. Additional works will create useable situations, provide reading materials, and document previous iterations of the Water School. In the centre of the exhibition, a new fountain sculpture will bring water, its materiality and the sounds we connect with it directly into the exhibition. The show will also include a series of works by Larry “Ulaaq” Ahvakana, a Native Alaskan artist and early mentor of Tuazon.

Curated by Axel Wieder.

The exhibition is produced in cooperation with Kunst Museum Winterthur and Kunsthalle Bielefeld.

Exhibition 27 January -09 April 2023. Bergen Kunsthall, Rasmus Meyers allé 5 - 5015 Bergen (Norway). T +47 940 15 050. Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm, Thursday 11am–8pm






Oscar Tuazon, Water School, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway

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Oscar Tuazon, Ile Seguin, 2012. Photo: Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the artist. 

Oscar Tuazon, Ile de Seguin, 2012. Photo: Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the artist.