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Auguste Herbin Blanc, 1947. From the collection of Erling Neby. Press photo.

The Erling Neby Collection 0


The Henie Onstad Art Center in Høvikodden, Norway, invites visitors from May 19 to see the unique art collection of Erling Neby, a hi-fi enthusiast who has been collecting art for the last forty years. The exhibit will be open through September 11.

Neby’s collection includes classic conceptual works by Francois Morellet, which have played an essential role in the development of geometric Concretism in the last fifty years, as well as works of art by the kinetic art and installation master Jesus Rafael Soto and the Op Art pioneer Victor Vasarely.

In building his collection of art, Neby has paid particular attention to works by Scandinavian artists. He has also found a place in his collection for the younger generation of Nordic artists, whose works display the artistic freedom of Concretism from symbolic associations, and allow color and the rhythms of the lines to tell a story.

Erling Neby first became interested in collecting art when he visited the famous Galerie Denise René in Paris, which popularized Kinetic art in the 1950s. At the time, he had gone to Paris not in search of abstract art, but to purchase turntables for playing vinyl records. Here, parallels may be drawn between Neby’s relationship with art and with audio technologies. Interestingly enough, the Norwegian businessman’s passion for concrete things is echoed in his vast collection of vintage audio devices.

Neby’s criterion for collecting art is based on the feelings provoked by a work’s narrative and the quiet speculation which it radiates into the space. Artistic feeling and personal preference are at the basis of his selection of paintings. 

The exhibit offers an inspirational glimpse into abstract art trends from 1940 through the present day.

The artists represented in the exhibit are as follows: Josef Albers, Olle Bærtling, Max Bill, Ilya Bolotowsky, Paul Brand, Bård Breivik, Sergio Camargo, Eduardo Chillida, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Damian Horia, Dawid, Jean Dewasne, Burgoyne Diller, Lars Englund, Lars Erik Falk, Marcel Floris, Günter Frühtrunk, Emile Gilioli, Fritz Glarner, Jan Groth, Kristjan Gudmundsson, Gunnar S. Gundersen, Alberto Guzman, Auguste Herbin, Terry Haass, Robert Jacobsen, Olav Chr. Jenssen, Arne Malmedal, John McLaughlin, Francois Morellet, Richard Mortensen, Takashi Naraha, Aurelie Nemours, Lars G. Nordstöm, Paul Osipow, Harvey Quaytman, Bjørn Ransve, Aase Texmon Rygh, Tom Sandberg, Ludvig Sander, Michel Seuphor, Leon Polk Smith, Jesus Rafael Soto, Kumi Sugai, Luis Tomasello, Günter Uecker, Günter Umberg, Victor Vasarely, Tone Vigeland, Thornton Willis, Sverre Wyller.

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