Hordaland kunstsenter



Plakat fra arkiv web

Hordaland Kunstsenter's first exhibition in the newly opened Project Room is the exhibition Plakater fra arkivet 1969-2005. The exhibition consists of a selection of the institution's exhibition posters, and complements the project Archive Stories.

The exhibition gives an insight into the Hordaland Kunstsenter's exhibition archive, but also explores the poster as a medium. Exhibition posters are short-lived. It is often equipped with a date stamp, and after the event is completed, it is taken down and either thrown or stowed away. Now that we retrieve the posters from the archive, they are viewed in a new context. Rather than informing about the future of the institution, the posters become part of a retrospective study aimed to clarifying the art centre’s identity and history.

Seen together, the posters provide an understanding of the development of the medium and history of printmaking. Each poster in the exhibition bears witness to the institution's history, as well as the technology and trends of that time.

Ingrid Rundberg and Mads Andersen, both graphic designers, are invited to reflect on the content of the exhibition, from a contemporary perspective. In advance of, and continuously during the exhibition period, they will investigate who designed the posters in question. Through the process, they want to uncover the temporality of graphic design, highlight the anonymous designer and highlight the importance of documenting the design process. The study will take the form of a publication.

Rundberg holds a doctorate in design at KMD, Andersen works as a freelance graphic designer, and together they have published Madrid Publications.


Hordaland Art Centre based in Bergen, Norway was established 1976 as the first artist run art centre in Norway. Its activities are based around the exhibition programme with equal emphasis on seminars, presentations and dialogue. Since 1987 Hordaland Art Centre has hosted a Nordic residency programme, from 2008 also open to international artists, curators, writers and other art professionals.