Do it - the world's longest exhibition

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When: daily from 12:00 to 21:00
where: Hølen Square and surroundings


This open exhibition model has become the longest-running and most far-reaching exhibition to ever take place, giving new meaning to the concept of the “Exhibition in Progress.”


Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, do it began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation between Obrist and the artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier. Obrist was concerned with how exhibition formats could be rendered more flexible and open-ended. This discussion led to the question of whether a show could take “scores,” or written instructions by artists, as a point of departure, each of which could be interpreted anew every time they were enacted. To test the idea, Obrist invited 12 artists to send instructions, which were then translated into 9 different languages and circulated internationally as a book.

Today do it consists of a compendium with 250 instructions made by world-renowned artists such as Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic, Olafur Eliasson, Jérôme Bel and many more. The instructions are made by different artists for each exhibition and should not be attempted to be copied or refined, it is the individual expression of each artist being enhanced.

For Sånafest, do it is curated and specially adapted for an outdoor art trail in Hølen. Instructions are in English and are adapted to one and one spectator at the time. Amalia Pica's instruction "Throw A Party" is one of the instructions that Ingvild and Mikkel have take very seriously, escalating in a big Kunstekstravaganza Party on Friday 29th at Lerviks Trebåtbyggeri! Here you will experience more selected instructions from the compendium performed and interpreted live by various artists, locals and YOU!


Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Produced by ICI

Curated for Sånafest by
Ingvild Isaksen and Mikkel Rasmussen Hofplass

do it is a traveling exhibition conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition and the accompanying publication were made possible, in part by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with the generous support from Project Perpetual and ICI’s International Forum and Board of Trustees.