Door number 10

Door number 10 is the venerable front door of Deichman Grünerløkka, at Schous Plass 10. Stone owl motifs carved in a neo-baroque style adorn the yellow doors – and these motifs are anything but random. In Greek mythology, Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, often appeared in the form of an owl. Owls have since been associated with intelligence and knowledge. Athena was also the goddess of art and learning. Architect August Nielsen therefore utilized the owls as guardians of Norway’s first building built specifically as a library.Owls are not only wise, but also good hunters – nocturnal animals that can fly in complete silence. This suits the surprise quite well this time around. The artist – whose roots are in the city’s nightlife and “underground” – manages to express themselves both loudly and silently at the same time. This is an intelligent art that seeks trust and tolerance, and that gives you the feeling of flying on wings of musical belonging. In a time when regular flights are on lockdown, let this artist take you on an inner journey.The artist behind the door’s number works spontaneously and expressively. Their art can be related to the arte povera movement, which has been an important source of inspiration for the use of materials and space. Everything here is real and straight to the point.
The names of the artists will be revealed upon the opening of the door.

AD_VENT – The art of waiting – is an untraditional advent calendar that offers unique artistic experiences in public spaces. The door's number is both the address and the date. Behind the doors are surprises in the form of visual art, music, literature, theatre, performance or dance.

We would like to thank Oslo Kommune Kulturetaten, KORO and Kulturrådet for their positive engagement and financial support that has made it possible for AD_VENT to give the people of Oslo unique art experiences during the “waiting time” – free of charge.