A-ha member’s gallery to close

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Magne Furuholmen, who played keyboards in the globally successful Norwegian rock band a-ha, is closing the gallery he’s owned with two partners at the exclusive Tjuvholmen waterfront complex in Oslo. A huge rent increase at the end of their two-year trial lease period is prompting the partners to opt for another gallery concept.

The gallery, called Stolper + Friends, will close in December after an exhibition of Furuholmen’s own works wraps up this month, followed by a final exhibition of graphic art by 20 different artists. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that the gallery logged operating revenues of NOK 1.4 million (USD 230,000), based on commissions of art sold, with a pre-tax profit of NOK 318,000.

Furuholmen, Paul Stolper of London and Hugo Opdal will continue their partnership, though, with so-called “pop-up” exhibits in Oslo, which are quickly mounted in various locations and taken down again after just a few days. Other means of selling art will also be explored.

newsinenglish.no staff