Opening 19/11: Paul McCarthy: Dead End Hole

Opens November 19th: Next in line in KODEs series of exhibitions featuring prominent American artists is a living legend. This autumn we are pleased to offer an extensive presentation of the artist Paul McCarthy. 

With his strong social criticism and experimental works Paul McCarthy (b. 1945) has provoked revulsion, protests and debates in the USA since the late 1960s.

"Dead End Hole" is the first extensive presentation of his oeuvre at a Norwegian museum, and all of the works in the exhibition have been recently produced for Bergen. 

McCarthy is known for his volatile, monumental drawings and sculptures, but perhaps most of all for mixing grotesque and violent images with symbols from popular culture and the consumer industry.

People in positions of power in politics and and popular culture are often subjected to harsh treatment in his work, but the art scene has not been spared criticism either. 

About the Exhibition 
The exhibition will consist of the video installation DADDA, The Coach The Skull, 4 Wall, in an expressly constructed room, a performance, and a broad selection of drawings and sculptures.

The film installation is part of a project called Coach Stage Stage Coach / Donald and Daisy Duck Adventure (CSSC / DADDA). The concept is loosely inspired by John Ford’s iconic western “Stage Coach” from 1939, in which a group of foreigners, each for their own self-interested reasons, travel by horse and wagon through dangerous Apache territory. 

The film’s main characters are Donald, Adam and Nancy. Or vicariously, Trump/Reagan, Melania Trump, Andy Warhol, Ivanka Trump and Nancy Reagan. 

The exhibition is curated by Philip Larratt-Smith.

Practical information
The exhibition opens November 19th and is located in the Stenersen Room in KODE 2 and in Tårnsalen (the Tower Room), KODE 4. 

More information about the exhibition opening is under way.

  • 19 Nov 2021 to 27 Mar 2022
  • 150/100/0 *

* Adults: NOK 150, Students: NOK 100, Free admission for children and KODE members. The ticket gives admission to all exhibitions at KODE for two days

A&E, EVA SHIT MICKEY BAT GUN, Santa Anita session (2020) © Paul McCarthy, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth