7.03  - 25.04.2020

3,14LIVE program:

The project researches one of the most ubiquitous architectural ornaments, the acanthus leaf. Best known for its characteristic rendering in Corinthian capitals, the acanthus unfurled from Ancient Greece to the rest of the world. Several local traditions embraced the ornament, giving it vernacular renditions such as the Norwegian rosemaling. 

By discovering the acanthus in Bergen, the project reflects upon a range of issues including tensions between cosmopolitanism and local culture, divisions between art and  architecture and art and crafts, and the intrinsic value of art for society.The Acanthus Project departs in many ways from Martin Heidegger’s dictum that the worst possible way to approach technology is to perceive it as neutral. The Acanthus Project reflects upon technology itself and the likewise non-neutral concept of cosmopolitanism.

Five free guided walks and an online database of Bergen acanthus will unveil these inconspicuous leaves on the facades of buildings in the city.

(Norwegian speaking)

The Acanthus Project will be launched with a talk at Kunsthall 3,14 on Saturday 07.03 at 16.00, followed by a guided walk at 17.00

The following Saturdays: 14.03, 21.03, 28.03, 25.04 the other guided walks will depart from Kunsthall 3,14 at 15.00




The Municipality of Bergen / Bergen 950th Anniversary
Hordaland kunstsenters produksjonsstipend fra Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond

Vaagsallmennigen 12, 5014 Bergen, Norway