Door number 2

The second door of the calendar is the entrance to Norges Bank. Two identical bulletproof bronze doors protect the institution that manages Norway’s assets. The building – erected in 1986 – was designed by Lund Slaatto. The doors were deliberately designed so as to not appear flashy, but rather anonymous. Norges Bank manages investments in the Oil Fund as well as Norway’s gold holdings. Their primary task is to create national economic stability in a globalised economy. The surprise behind door two has therefore been created by an artist known for investing a great deal of time and effort in international art projects. On December 2nd, we will be bestowed with a specially-made piece that specifically problematizes Norges Bank in the context of the historically difficult year of 2020. The artist commits to the very core of the discourse: What is value? What is capital? What is the price of waiting? And what are we really waiting for? The number for the door at Bankplassen 2 was created by an artist who works with objects at the intersection of furniture of scenography. The names of both 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.