The Twist at Kistefos bridges the north and south sides of the sculpture park, across the Randselva river Courtesy of Kistefos and BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group; photo: Benjamin Ward

Kistefos, the Norwegian private museum and largest sculpture park in northern Europe, has opened a dramatic new extension designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. The new building—named The Twist after its curved form—crosses the Randselva river to connect the north and south sides of the existing complex.

“Our proposal for a new art museum acts like a second bridge in the sculpture park, forming a continuous loop across both riverbanks,” says architect Bjarke Ingels. At a total cost of £18.5m, The Twist functions as an exhibition space and a panoramic platform to view the surrounding landscape. The exhibition programme kicks off with a pairing of works by Howard Hodgkin and Martin Creed (Hodgkin and Creed: Inside Out, 18 September-17 November).

Founded in 1996 by the Norwegian businessman and art collector Christen Sveaas and located 80km north of Oslo, Kistefos occupies the former site of the family wood pulp business, established by Sveaass grandfather 130 years ago. Kistefos comprises an industrial museum, preserving the original and fully intact 19th-century pulp mill, exhibition galleries and a sculpture park with site-specific works by Tony Cragg, Anish Kapoor, Marc Quinn and Lynda Benglis, among others.

“Kistefos was in great need of a new and modern building in order to be able to host attractive exhibitions of contemporary art,” Sveaas says. “The basis for future exhibitions will be myRead More – Source