Carsten Höller: Henie Onstad Sanatorium – Oslo, Norway

2017 – Completed

The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo has been transformed into the Henie Onstad Sanatorium by internationally renowned artist Carsten Höller. Through a series of experimental installations and sculptures, treatment-seekers can float, slide and fly their way through the Sanatorium. Roaming robot-beds offer the possibility to check-in and spend the night there for private sessions.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s there were several sanatoriums in the galleries vicinity: Sanatoriums were often situated in beautiful scenery, with the older sanatoriums intended to provide recreation and relaxation, more in line with what we might associate today with a spa visit. It was this type of sanatorium and the Henie Onstad's unique location, that gave Höller got the idea for the exhibition's title and concept: the public are invited to re-experience a sanatorium through the transformative power of art.

The audience can participate in several of the instllations, including the No Decision Corridor and Healing Slide first seen in London.