BMW Art Guide film series: KaviarFactory - Henningsvær, Norway

Contemporary art projects on a picturesque island off the northern Norwegian coast

In our film series format, we see writer and curator Francesca Gavin team up with creative heads and art advocates from various fields. Together, they embark on a journey to a selection of some of the exquisite collections featured in the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors. 

Here presenting the sixth installment, this journey takes us through the breathtaking landscape of Norway’s Lofoten Islands, where the KaviarFactory literally exists on the edge of the world in Henningshvær. Crusing alongside the dramatic headlands, Gavin is accompanied this time by DJ Cassy who contributes a good sense of humour to their off-grid exploration.

Collectors Venke and Rolf A. Hoff are the pair behind the collection, who facilitated the conversion of a former caviar factory into a 500-square-meter exhibition space. Opened in summer 2013, the building was renovated by the Norwegian architecture firm Element, complete with a few artist touches like the façade's lettering "KAVI   FAC ORY" by Michael Sailstorfer and door handles by Bjarne Melgaard. Underlying the collection's unique seaside residence, is both a sense of play and intruging competition between artworks, space and nature. To further add to the experience, is Venke and Rolf's lighthouse, which is a short walk away and can be rented for special occasions.

As for the collection, for over 30 years, the pair make a push to support Norwegian and international positions, doing so by inviting artists from all over the world to realise an exhibition. Through collecting, Venke loves the opportunity to connect with people, wishing to give both local residents and visitors the possibility of viewing high quality contemporary art. The current exhibition, titled "Creation of a Moment", explores photography as a medium and what this could be within the realm of contemporary art.

Join Francesca Gavin and DJ Cassy on their discovery as they explore the  Henningshvær fishing village and the KaviarFactory, featured in the current fifth edition of the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors.

More information on The  KaviarFactory

(l-r) Francesca Gavin, Rolf A. Hoff, DJ Cassy and Venke Hoff at the KaviarFactory, Henningsvær, 2019.
Installation view at the KaviarFactory, Henningsvær, 2019.
DJ Cassy and Francesca Gavin, Lofoten Islands, 2019.
Lofoten Islands, 2019.
Installation view at the KaviarFactory, Henningsvær, 2019.
Venke and Rolf A. Hoff at the KaviarFactory, Henningsvær, 2019.

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