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Bjarne Melgaard

Norway 1967

Installation, Sculpture, Painting

Bjarne Melgaard
Bjarne Melgaard
October 15, 2013

Bjarne Melgaard is a Norwegian artist currently based in New York. Creating paintings, sculptures, and sensory installations, the artist examines psychological angst and taboo-bending subcultures. Always following his mind, wherever it wanders, Melgaard’s work ranges from the 12-foot-tall Pink Panther smoking a meth pipe to the dystopian dollhouse teeming with handmade figures getting high, having sex, and contemplating suicide.

Fashion Drawings, 2014

Bjarne Melgaard - Untitled (Fashion Drawings), 2014, gallery oslo museum works
Bjarne Melgaard – Untitled (Fashion Drawings), 2014

Bjarne Melgaard: Early Years

Born in Sydney in 1967 to Norwegian parents and brought up in Oslo, Melgaard studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, and subsequently at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht from 1992 until 1993. He represented his country in 2011 at the Venice Biennale with Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about Aids.

Melgaard started out in the mid 1990ʼs with a neo expressionistic, frantic manner of work. His intense way of almost attacking the canvas with paint paired with a total control of the line where the brush strokes and splashes of paint forms a base for an explicit and sometimes offensive narrative.

Art by Bjarne Melgaard

Bjarne Melgaard - Untitled, 2013, contact 2012 gavin exhibition
Bjarne Melgaard – Untitled, 2013
Bjarne Melgaard - Untitled, 2014
Bjarne Melgaard – Untitled, 2014

His art deals with the dark side of humanity, such as self-destruction, deviant sexuality and odd religious beliefs, often taking inspiration from various provocative subcultures such as S&M and Heavy Metal music. It provides an insight into parallel worlds that exists alongside the world of normality. Through his work, Bjarne discusses, investigates and pushes the boundaries of societal acceptance. What distinguishes Melgaard is that his work doesn’t rely on scale, high production costs, obvious symbolism, hipster hieroglyphics, or post-adolescent sexuality.

Racist or Not?: Controversial Chair

Melgaard’s most famous work, Chair created in 2013, is an appropriation of a similar Allen Jones piece from 1969, which featured a white woman. Even back then it was controversial – feminists attacked and damaged it as a symbol of patriarchal repression. Unlike Jones’, Melgaard’s polyvinyl sculpture features a contorted black woman. The artwork sparked controversy when it appeared on a fashion website, with magazine owner Dasha Zhukova pictured sitting on the cushion. After immediate response and angry accusations of racism, the picture was withdrawn.

Chair, 2013

Bjarne Melgaard - Chair, 2013
Bjarne Melgaard – Chair, 2013

Exhibitions, Collections and Biennials

His exhibitions are dense installations packed with paintings, sculptures, readymades, photographs, and contributions from friends working with art, design, or literature. During his career, Melgaard has had more than forty-five solo exhibitions in leading galleries around the world. His work has been seen in numerous group shows and at international art fairs. In addition, he is also a frequent curator and collaborator, has written more than a dozen novels, and produced seven films.

Petrol Sniffing, 2006

Bjarne Melgaard - Petrol Sniffing, 2006
Bjarne Melgaard – Petrol Sniffing, 2006

During the years, his artworks have been included in the permanent collections of major international museums – Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, MOCA in Los Angeles, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Strasbourg and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, just to name a few.

Bjarne had his first one-man exhibition in 2000. The show, held in New York, featured sculptures of apes engaged in explicit sexual acts, causing a huge public stir. Known for his unusual acts, he included two live caged tiger cubs in his show at the Lower East Side gallery Ramiken Crucible, in 2012. Since then, the artist has taken part in many collective and solo show, including his participations at the Venice Biennale in 2011, Lyon in 2013 and most recently, Whitney Biennial in 2014.

Ignorant Transparencies at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

Held in 2013, Ignorant Transparencies is one of the Melgaard’s most important solo exhibitions. The show included paintings, drawings, films, text and sculptures and consisted of three separate gallery spaces, each telling a different story.

At the center of the first gallery stands a 12-foot-tall representation of a top-hatted, crystal-meth-smoking Pink Panther slathered here and there with thick paint. As Melgaard’s alter ego, the Pink Panther appears in various guises and sizes as both predator and imp. Besides, a mural on one wall has the blurry image of an approaching woman above big, white letters spelling, You are a monster sometimes.

The second, darkened room, including sofas and tiger-theme carpets, gives the impression of a comic horror-movie hotel lounge, with seated Pink Panther figures in fanciful costumes holding literary and philosophical paperbacks. The third room presents cartoon-expressionist paintings and enlarged gay pornographic photographs on polyester banners.

Installation view of Ignorant Transparencies at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York

Bjarne Melgaard - Installation view of Ignorant Transparencies at Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
Bjarne Melgaard – Installation view of Ignorant Transparencies at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Melgaard’s Dystopia at the Whitney Biennial

For the 2014 Whitney Biennial, he contributed a room-size lounge populated with sex dolls and furnished with sofas alongside sculptures of deranged faces, creating an atmosphere charged with sex, violence and societal ruin. Melgaard intends for his installation to communicate the effects of what some scientists call the Anthropocene, a new geological age created by human activity, especially through global warming.

Installation view at the Whitney Biennial

Bjarne Melgaard - installation view at the Whitney Biennial
Bjarne Melgaard – installation view at the Whitney Biennial

He proposes that our collective psyches have been abused and damaged in much the same way the environment has, resulting in sadism and an utter disregard for humanity. Projected on the wall are videos and images that Melgaard sourced from the so-called deep web – nightmarish video shot from real life, cult behavior, torture, genocidal attacks, scenes of mass suicide, war and terrorism. Overall, the installation reflects back the dystopian image streams that we ordinarily choose to ignore, forcing us to confront what Melgaard sees are the symptoms of civilization’s decay.

Bjarne Melgaard lives and works in New York.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015The Casual Pleasure of DisappointmentGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceSolo
2015Melgaard + Munch - The end of it all has already happenedMunch Museum, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2015Bjarne Melgaard: Daddies Like You Don’t Grow On Palm TreesSammlung Friedrichshof, Zurndorf, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2014Bjarne Melgaard: Selected Works From The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern ArtSorlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, NorwaySolo
2014Bjarne MelgaardStudio Hugo Opdal (in collaboration with Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo), Flo, NorwaySolo
2014Painters’ PaintersSaatchi Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
2014Speak Through ArtKaviar Factory, Henninsvaer, Lofoten, NorwayGroup
2014In The BedroomM-L Artpace, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, USAGroup
20149 ArtistsMIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambrige, Massachusetts, USAGroup
2014DepressionFrançois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
20142014 Whitney BiennaleWhitney Museum of Art, New York, USAGroup
2014DISown – Not For EveryoneRed Bull Studios, New York, USAGroup
2014The Drawing RoomMagasin 3 Konsthall, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2013Bjarne Melgaard in the Astrup Fearnley CollectionAstrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2013Bjarne Melgaard: Ignorant TransparenciesGavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, USASolo
2013Bjarne MelgaardFrieze New York, (Gavin Brown’s Enterprise), New York, USASolo
2013The Armory Show 2013Rod Bianco Gallery, OsloSolo
2013Bjarne Melgaard New Drawings and PrintsFineart, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2013Empire State – Art from New YorkGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, Paris, FranceGroup
2013JULEUTSTILLINGENGalleri Dobloug, Oslo, NorwayGroup
20139 ArtistsWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, USAGroup
201312th Biennale de LyonLyon, FranceGroup
2013PANORAMALars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2013Momentum, The 7th Nordic Biennial for Contemporary ArtMoss, NorwayGroup
2013Munch by OthersHaugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tonsberg, NorwayGroup
2013Empire State – Art from New YorkPalazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, ItalyGroup
2013Norsk 90 TallKaare Berntsen, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2013Chicken or Beef?The Hole, New York, USAGroup
2013Looking Back: The White Columns AnnualWhite Columns, New York, USAGroup
2013New ArrivalsKaare Berntsen, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2012A New Novel by Bjarne MelgaardLuxembourg & Dayan, New York, USASolo
2012Bjarne Melgaard: A house to die inInstitute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UKSolo
2012Bjarne Melgaard: No More Chinotto Forever, Again...Karma, New York, USASolo
2012Bjarne MelgaardGaleriArtist, Istanbul, TurkeySolo
2012Baton Sinister, Venezia-InstallasjonenHauger Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tonsburg, NorwaySolo
2012Armory Focus: The Nordic CountriesGalerie Guido W. Baudach, BerlinSolo
2012Laying the Ghost (Bjarne Melgaard & Sverre Bjernaeus)Rod Bianco, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2012Climate Confusion Assistance (Bjarne Melgaard & Sverre Bjernaeus)Galleri K, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2012Bjarne MelgaardKarma, New York, USASolo
2012Bulletin BoardsVenus Over Manhattan and White Columns, New York, USAGroup
2012Context MessageZach Feuer Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2012UndetectableVisual AIDS at La MaMa Galleria, New York, USAGroup
2012DrawingsLars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2012Face – OFFGalerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011The Night Within UsGalerie Guido W. Baudach (Charlottenburg), Berlin, GermanySolo
2011Baton SinisterLa Biennale Di Venezia, 54th International Art Exhibition, Palazzo Contarini Corfu, Venice, ItalySolo
2011Bjarne Melgaard: The Sadistic Skater – Part IILars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2011Bjarne Melgaard: The Sadistic Skater – Part ILars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2011Bjarne MelgaardStudio Hugo Opdal, Flo, NorwaySolo
2011DRAWINGSRod Bianco, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2011Moment: Ynglingagatan 1Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2011JUEUTSTILLINGENGalleri Dobloug, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2011GrisailleLuxembourg & Dayan, New York, USAGroup
2011The Social FailureMaccarone, New York, USAGroup
2011After Shelley Duvall ’72Maccarone, New York, USAGroup
2011Scandinavian Rhapsody - Scandinavian ArtistsGalerie Proarta, Zürich, SwitzerlandGroup
2011Absolute InstallationNasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2010Inside PatriciaPatricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, SwitzerlandSolo
2010Bjarne Melgaard: SilkscreensRod Bianco Gallery, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2010Neon AngelStella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, BelgiumSolo
2010Bjarne Melgaard - Rod Bianco - Super Normalde Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
2010Bjarne MelgaardRod Bianco, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2010The Synthetic Slut: A Novel By Bjarne MelgaardGreene Naftali, New York, USASolo
2010Bjarne Melgaard – Jealous,Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, NorwaySolo
2010Bjarne Melgaard – Jealous (a mid-career retrospective exhibition)Astrup Fernley Museum, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2010Group ShowLars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2010SweatPatricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, SwitzerlandGroup
2010Forced ExposureTeam Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2010Norse Soul: the legacy of Edvard Munch, social demorcracy, old myths, anarchy and death longingsKatzen Art Center, American University, Washington DC, USAGroup
2009DAMASCUSRod Bianco, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2009Latte in WatteGallery Riis, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2009Sketches in Heaven and HellTrafo Kunsthall, Asker, NorwayGroup
2009Two Shows: Peeps – PisolettoThe Amie & Tony James Gallery, The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, New York, USAGroup
2009REALISME – REALISMERStavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, NorwayGroup
2009Nachspiel – VorspielVestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, NorwayGroup
2008Bjarne Melgaard: ChickenhawkGalerie Krinzinger, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2008Miss Bjarne Melgaard, A Kidwhore In Manhattan – A NovelGuido W. Baudach, Berlin, GermanySolo
2008Art BrusselsGalerie Krinzinger and Galleri Faurschou, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2008GreenlandGreen Naftali, New York, USASolo
2008Edvard Munch: Tribute And InspirationFaurschou, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2008Works on Paper by Gallery Artists and Ricci AlbendaGreene Naftali Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2008Works on PaperPatricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, SwitzerlandGroup
2008Jekyll IslandHonour Fraser, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2008AccrochageFaurschou, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2008That’s the Way It IsGalerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2007Bjarne MelgaardGalerie Senda, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2007Mommy’s Boy and Daddy’s GirlPatricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, SwitzerlandSolo
2007The Glamour ChaseGalleri Furschou, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2007Bjarne MelgaardLars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2007Euro-Centric, Part 1: New European Art from the Rubell Family CollectionRubell Family Collection, Miami, USAGroup
2007Off The WallPatricia Low Contemporary at RENTAL, New York, USAGroup
2007Fall ExhibitionKaare Berntsen, Oslo, NorwayGroup
200725 Jahre Galerie Crone – JubiläumsausstellungGalerie Crone, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2007Destroy Athens: 1st Athens Biennale 2007Athens, GreeceGroup
2007Beneath the UnderdogGagosian Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2007The Socerer’s Apprentice: Late Picasso & Contemporary PaintersFaurschou, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007Hardcore. DrawingSorlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, NorwayGroup
2007ROCK ‘N‘ ROLL Volume ISorlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, NorwayGroup
2007Daydreams and Nightmares, Works from the Collection of Tor JuulThe Stenersen Museum, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2007Aggression of Beauty IIArndt & Partner, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2007Spring ExhibitionKaare Berntsen, Oslo, NorwayGroup
20077011 VestfossenARENA Vestfossen, Vestfossen, NorwayGroup
2006A Weekend of Painting: A Novel by Les SuperLeo Koenig, Inc., New York, USASolo
2006Les SuperGuido W. Baudach, Berlin, GermanySolo
2006Minipigs in SpaceGalerie Krinzinger, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2006Bjarne Melgaard, Sven’t Jolle, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Erik Van Lieshout, Angel VergaraStella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, BelgiumGroup
2006Marie-Louise Ekman - Bjarne MelgaardMalmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, SwedenGroup
2006Helter – HelterGalerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, FranceGroup
2006ReflectionsFaurschou, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2006After Munch: Norweigian Contemporary ArtPollock Fine Art, London, United KingdomGroup
2005Not a Painting ShowStella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, BelgiumSolo
2005Life is a Lonely BuffaloNiels Borch Jensen Gallery, Berlin, GermanySolo
2005Hello, Maybe (Book, Stage Set and Flags in collaboration with Halvor Bodin)Haugar Museum of Art, Tonsburg, NorwaySolo
2005Fin de CopenhagueGalleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2005Bjarne MelgaardGalleria Senda, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2005Jasmin La NuitThe Horse Hospital, London, United KingdomSolo
2005Part 1: Chihuahua Hunger All Words DestroyGalerie Crone, Berlin, GermanySolo
2005PapierGalerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2005ROM for ROM – International ArtSorlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, NorwayGroup
2005Goetz meets FalckenbergSammlung Falckenberg - Phoneix Kulturstiftung, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2005Superstars: The Celebrity Factor. From Warhol to MadonnaKunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2005With Us against reality, or against usGalleri S.E, Bergen, NorwayGroup
2005Group ShowThe Horse Hospital, London, United KingdomGroup
200530 Years – 30 ArtistsGalleri Dobloug, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2004A Concept of RapeReena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, USASolo
2004Bjarne MelgaardLars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2004Bjarne MelgaardGaleria SENDA, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2004Central Station, The Harald Falckenberg CollectionLa maison rouge, Paris, FranceGroup
2004Diaries and DreamsUrsula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal-Unteröwisheim, GermanyGroup
2004Fall ShowGalleri Tonne, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2004Norwegian and International ArtGalleri Tonne, Oslon, NorwayGroup
2004The Black Album, Rock e dintorniAntonio Colombo Arte Contempranea, Milan, ItalyGroup
2004BODY from Munch to MelgaardKisefos-Museet, Jevnaker, NorwayGroup
2004The Netherlands: Secrets from the 90’sMuseum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, The NetherlandsGroup
2004PlaylistPalais de Tokyo, Paris, FranceGroup
2004Scream: 10 artists x 10 writers x 10 scary moviesAnton Kern Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2004In a Norwegian Wood. Norwegian Art of the Last DecadeZacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2003The End of the Professional TeenagerPollack Fine Art at Sketch, London, United KingdomSolo
2003SkamBergen Kunsthall, Bergen, NorwaySolo
2003Expressive Nordic PaintingGalleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2003TABOO - The Art of Exotica EntertainmentGalerie Roger Pailhas, Marseille, FranceGroup
2003Tirol TransferAustrian Cultural Forum, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2003TwilightGimpel Fils, London, United KingdomGroup
2003De bortbjudna – Malmö Art MuseumRooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, SwedenGroup
2003Summer ExhibitionGalleri Tonne West, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2003Summer ExhibitionGalleri Tonne, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2003Models & Mavericks: Exceptional positions in the collection contemporary artMuseum Het Domein, Sittard, The NetherlandsGroup
2003The Painting never dries... Reflections over paintings in the Astrup Fearnley CollectionAstrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2003Phantom of Desire, Visions of Masochism in ArtNeue Falerie Graz, Graz, AustriaGroup
2003Bjarne Melgaard, Sven’t Jolle, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Erik Van LieshoutStella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, BelgiumGroup
2003AccrochargeGalleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2003Moderna Museet c-o BACBaltic Art Center, Visby, SwedenGroup
2003M_ARS: ART AND WARNeue Galerie Graz, Graz, AustriaGroup
2003Tra Est e OvestGas Art Gallery, Turin, ItalyGroup
2002BeginningsGalerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, GermanySolo
2002Nothing SpecialGalleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2002Interface to GodKunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, GermanySolo
2002Black Low: The Punk Movement Was Just Hippies with Short HairMARTa Herford Museum, Hannover, GermanySolo
2002Bjarne MelgaardGalleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, ItalySolo
2002Black Low - The Punk Movement Was Just Hippies With Short HairMARTa Herford Museum, Herford, GermanyGroup
2002Hommage an Rudolf Schwarzkogler, an exhibtion to mark the 30th anniversairy of Galerie KrinzingerGalerie Krinzinger, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2002Extension: Works from the CollectionMagasin 3 Konsthall, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2001Kill Me Before I do it MyselfGalleria Laura Pecci, Milan, ItalySolo
2001Bjarne MelgaardLars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2001Bjarne MelgaardGalerie Krinzinger, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2001Det Lille GalleriNasjonalmuseet – Nettverk Galleri, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2001New HeimatFrankfurter Kunsterein, Frankfurt am Main, GermanyGroup
2000The Mutilation of the ApesAlleged Gallery, New York, USASolo
2000New WorksNils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, SwedenSolo
2000The Myth Of A Young WashingmachineNational Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2000The Only Weapon You Have In A Society Like This Is A Clear Mind...Galleri Riis, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2000Victor Boullet featuring Bjarne MelgaardHot Rod Tea Room, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2000Sharing Exoticisms5th Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, FranceGroup
2000PHONEIX ART 2001: Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Gunlach, Lafrenz und FalckenbergSammlung Falckenberg - Phoneix Kulturstiftung, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2000Civil DisobedienceSammlung Falckenberg, Hannover, GermanyGroup
2000Group ShowGaleria Senda, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2000Group ShowLars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2000Organizing Freedom: Nordic Art in the 1990’sKunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2000Organizing Freedom: Nordic Art in the 1990’sModern Museum, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2000The myth of a young washing machineOslo Museum of Contempoary Art Galleri Riis, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2000Momentum: Nordic Biennial of Contemporary ArtMoss, NorwayGroup
1999The Conquest of IslamArt Basel, Statements (Galleri Riis, Oslo), Basel, SwiterlandSolo
1999Zeitwenden: Rückblick und AusblickKunstmseum, Bonn, GermanyGroup
1999Cowboys Who Are Poets Know ItGalerie Annette De Deyser, Antwerp, Belgium Group
1999Moon over IslamStedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K), Gent, BelgiumGroup
1999Umfeld, UmweltPalais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
1998Bjarne Melgaard: Everything American Is Evil, the Return To ConstantinopleKiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FinlandSolo
1998Bjarne Melgaard’s More Pricks than KicksAstrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, NorwaySolo
1998Up LateGalleri Riis, Oslo, NorwaySolo
1998Mainfesta IIEuropean Biennale of Contemporary Art, Luxemburg, LuxemburgGroup
1998Reinterpretation of Crystal Meth IIXXIV Biennale de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, BrasilGroup
1998White NightsCODE, Bergen, NorwayGroup
1998Softcore (Arkipelag Festival)National Historial Museum, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
1998Group ShowGalerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin, GermanyGroup
1997Bjarne Melgaard: Free From ContentStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
1997New Love, Old Paint (Dedicated to Margaux Hemingway)Galleri Riis, Oslo, NorwaySolo
1997Group ShowStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
1996Confessions of a Recovering Minimalist, Bjarne Melgaard – Guillaume BijlGalleri c-o Alte Gerhardsen, Oslo, NorwaySolo
1996De Rode Poort (The Red Gate)S.M.A.K (Museum of Contemporary Art), Gent, BelgiumGroup
1995JULEUTSTILLINGENGalleri Dobloug, Oslo, NorwayGroup
1995Dixi: a presentation of 34 emerging Norwegian artistsOslo, NorwayGroup