Bård Breivik (23 November 1948 – 10 January 2016) was a Norwegian sculptor and art instructor. He was educated at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (Bergen Kunsthåndverkskole and Vestlandets Kunstakademi) and St. Martin's School of Art in London. Breivik held a professorship at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm from 1982 to 1985 and worked actively as an artist throughout his life.
In the autumn 1981, the ‘Fibre’ exhibition opened with great success. At the same time, he did the scenography for the performance ‘Pyramider’ at the Henie-Onstad Art Centre. Following year Breivik took part in the group exhibition ‘The Sleeping Beauty – Art Now, Scandinavia Today’, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 1984, Breivik took part in an international group exhibition at the Toyama Modern Art Museum in Tokyo, and he exhibited at the Nordic pavilion during the biennale in Venice in 1985.
Bård Breivik is born on 23 November in the women’s clinic in Bergen. Son of Sissel Søyland and Thomas Breivik. His mother works as a window dresser and later as an advertising and fashion consultant at Sundt department store on Torgallmenningen in Bergen. Later she opens the interior furnishing shop "Little Shop" and gains the rights to furnish and own a Laura Ashley shop. His father is a graphic artist and artist who later works as a teacher, journalist, art and drama critic, and has his own column space every Saturday in Bergens Arbeiderblad called "In my opinion".
Sissel and Thomas Breivik get divorced. Sissel and Bård Breivik move to the home of her grandparents Ågot and Alf Søyland at Damsgård in the Laksevåg district of Bergen municipality.
Bård Breivik starts at Melkeplassen nursery school in the Laksevåg district.
Bård Breivik starts at Damsgård municipal school in Laksevåg
Thomas Breivik marries the actress Inger Marie Andersen.
Half-brother Lars Breivik is born.
Bård Breivik starts at Sydneshaugen comprehensive.
Bård Breivik starts the afternoon school at U. Pihl. We works alongside his schooling as a photo model for Sundt department store.
Bård Breivik studies at Manger folk high school on Radøy. During the summer months he works as a mess boy for the engine room section of the passenger ship Astrea at Bergenske Dampskipsselskap A/S. The ship sails between Bergen and Rotterdam.
Bård Breivik starts at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.
Half-brother Pål Breivik is born. Bård Breivik hitch-hikes alone for the first time down to Paris and through Europe. Makes his debut at the West Norway exhibition with the steel sculpture ‘Oscar’.
Bård Breivik becomes a member of the Finnegård circle, a group of Bergen artists that start Galleri 1 at Finnegården on Bryggen in Bergen. The circle comprises Eilif Amundsen, Kristian Blystad, Asbjørg Brekke, Ragnhild Gram-Knudsen, Olav Herman-Hansen, Arvid Pettersen, Elsebeth Rahlff, Egil Røed, Ole Johan Tørud and Eva Winther-Larssen. The same year Breivik takes part in two group exhibitions at Galleri 1.
Bård Breivik trains to become a ceramist, but also makes objects of high-polished and nickel-plated bronze and steel at Damsgaard Motorfabrikk. Experiments with steel plates, including the use of dynamite. Takes part in the Young Artists’ Association spring exhibition and has purchases made by the Norwegian Cultural Council. Exhibits at the final exam exhibition at the Bergen School of Applied Art in Bergen. Takes part in the travelling exhibition ‘This means something in Norway’, which is shown in Norway and Sweden. Visits the Thy camp in Denmark and in the autumn starts a one-year course of study at St. Martin’s School of Arts/advanced course under Anthony Caro. During the Christmas holiday Breivik carries out a land art experiment on Stord together with Gerhard Stoltz.
Sissel Søyland marries the business economist Per Bistrup. Bård Breivik exhibits three objects at the grants exhibition at the Kunstnernes Hus gallery in Oslo. ‘New Bergen Sculpture’ is shown at Galleri 1. The work collective with studios at Finnegården is established, the group calling itself LYN (Lightning) and the first members being Arild Bergström, Bjørn Krzywinsky, Birger Larsen, Stein Rønning and Gerhard Stoltz.
Bård Breivik takes part in the group exhibition ‘Bellevue-Bellevue’ at the Oslo Art Association with ‘Panda Production’, along with Gerhard Stoltz. The LYN group exhibits in Haugesund. Breivik works as a scenography assistant at Den Nationale Scene theatre in Bergen. Early in the autumn he takes part in a seminar on scenography in Stockholm. After that he works as a scenographer at Rogaland theatre.
Bård Breivik works as a guide at the National Exhibitions, also travelling around the coast of the Helgeland area and reading anthropological literature. Experiences Norway as a new personal resource and finds curious objects in nature. Breivik starts to work on the exhibition ‘1:1’. That autumn he becomes teacher of sculpture at the Study Studio in Bergen, which the following year becomes the Vestland Academy of Fine Arts. Breivik makes his first decoration at Laksevåg technical college and invites Arvid Pettersen to do part of it. The LYN group hold an exhibition at the Henie-Onstad Art Centre in Oslo.
Bård Breivik exhibits at Galleri 1 and causes quite a controversy about mouldy bread. He converts a Volkswagen station car into a mobile workshop, with kitchen and room for four people. The construction is later bought and copied because of its good interior design ideas. Breivik travels down to Romania with Ingrid Frölich Lund and her two sons. He has a place at the art academy in Bucuresti for six months, but does not make use of it. Breivik travels to Mexico in December, staying there for two months.
The LYN group exhibit at the Oslo Art Association, and all the members of the group take part in the youth biennale in Paris. Bård Breivik participates with ‘History Box’. The Louvre wants to buy the series, but Breivik feels the price they are offering is too low. He teaches at the Vestland Academy of Fine Arts.
Bård Breivik makes a decoration for the office vestibule of The Department of Biomedicine at Årstadsvollen. He meets Sune Nordgren and Mats B when the art periodical Kalejdoskop writes an article on his works. Breivik buys a top-floor flat at Welhavens gate 62 in Bergen. He teaches at the Vestland Academy of Fine Arts.
Bård Breivik takes leave from the Vestland Academy of Fine Arts to work intensively for the Nordic group exhibition ‘Öga mot öga’ (Eye to eye), which opens at Liljevalchs Konsthall in Stockholm. The curator is Staffan Cullberg and the exhibition is shown in Stockholm, Bergen, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Aalborg and Reykjavik. Participating artists are Svein Rønning, Arvid Pettersen, Bjørn Ransve, Agúst Petersen, Hringur Jóhannesson, Hildur Hákonardóttir, Oskar Mágnusson and Blómey Stefánsdóttir, Tryggvi Olafsson, Svend Wiig Hansen, Lene Adler Petersen, Palle Nielsen, Erik Hagens, Alfred Madsen, Ernst Mether-Borgström, Matti Kujasalo, Jorma Hautala, Markku Keränen, Andreas Alariesto, Birger Jonasson, Petter Zennström, Lars Kleen, K-G Nilson, Jan Håfström and Claes Jurander. Breivik mounts the exhibition at the Bergen Art Association and at Kjarvalsstödum in Reykjavik.
Bård Breivik takes part in a group exhibition in Malmö where Sivert Lindblom is one of the exhibitors. On the train from Malmö he plans the series ‘Oars’, where the craft tradition is in focus. Breivik travels with Arvid Petterson, Stig Holmås and Kjell Nupen to North America. Breivik takes part in a sculpture symposium in Toronto, after which he rents a car in Buffalo and travels to Missouri, New Mexico, Grand Canyon, Dakota, Chicago and New York.
The LYN group exhibits at the Bergen Art Association, where Bård Breivik shows ‘Oars’ for the first time. Galleri Wallner in Malmö exhibits the ‘Oars’ series and he comes into contact with Claes Nordenhake and Anders Tonberg. Galleri Alhner in Stockholm and Galleri Dobloug in Oslo also exhibit ‘Oars’. Breivik does the scenography for the performance ‘Pyramiderna’ at Moderna Museet with the dance group of the same name. Choreography by Margaretha Åsberg and music by Steven Reich. Breivik travels to New York Jan Håfström and Margaretha Åsberg. Breivik expands the ‘Oars’ series with ‘Ploughed land’, and the entire series is sold.
Bård Breivik takes part in the exhibition ‘Five Nordics’, which is shown in Göteborg, Borås and Trollhättan. Other artists are Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Kent Lindfors, Olli Lyytikäinen and Bjørn Nørgaard. The LYN group exhibition at the Henie-Onsted Art Centre in Oslo and the Bergen Art Association. Breivik does the scenography for the performance ‘Ter(r)’ at The House of Culture in Stockholm with the dance group Pyramiderna.
In the spring, Bård Breivik exhibits at Galleri Sculptor in Helsinki with 210cm-high objects that are also displayed at the Trondheim Art Association. Breivik passes the Jordan brush factory, which is in the process of moving out of rooms on Alexander Kielland square in Oslo. He obtains permission to use tools at the brush factory and to make use of the top floor, which is standing empty. He combines the craft of brush-making with his 210cm objects. Bård Breivik contacts Per Hovdenakk, curator at the Henie-Onstad Art Centre on Høvikodden and acquires exhibition time four months later. In the autumn the ‘Fibre’ exhibition opens, with great success. At the same time, he does the scenography for the performance ‘Pyramider’ at the Henie-Onstad Art Centre. ‘Fibre’ is shown at De Doelen in Rotterdam along with works by Hans Kooi. Breivik discovers the diabase stone quarry at Östra Göinge in Southern Sweden.
Bård Breivik buys an apartment at 142 South 8th St. Street, Willamsburg, Brooklyn, but is unable to move in because his application for a residence permit takes a long time to deal with. Breivik takes part in the group exhibition ‘The Sleeping Beauty – Art Now, Scandinavia Today’, Lars Englund, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Per Kirkeby, Olle Kåks, Olli Lyytikäinen, Bjørn Nørgaard, Paul Osipow and Arvid Pettersen. The exhibition opens at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and is subsequently shown at the Port of History Museum in Philadelphia Municipal Art Gallery in Los Angeles. Breivik’s one-man exhibition with fibre objects at Oscarson Hood in New York opens at the same time as the exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. Breivik takes part in the group exhibition ‘Borealis 2, Position: North’ at the Henie-Onstad Art Centre on Høvikodden, Martti Aiha, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Jan Håfström, Per Kirkeby, Olavi Lanu, Magnus Pálsson, Bjørn Nørgaard, Sissel Tolaas and Dan Wolgers. He participates in the collective exhibition ‘Materia/Minne’ Jan Håfström and Anders Knutsson, which is shown in Lund, Helsinki, Oslo and Copenhagen. Breivik exhibits at the Munch Museum together with Hans Kooi and shows parts of ‘Fibre’ at Galleri Aronowitsch in Stockholm. Late in the year, he takes part in the group exhibition ‘IBID 1’ at the Linoleum Factory’ in Stockholm. Other exhibitors are Max M Book, Jan Håfström, Sivert Lindblom, Alf Linder, Richard Nonas, Håkan Rehnberg, Johan Scott and Sven Åsberg. Breivik is appointed a professor at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.
Bård Breivik starts to teach at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. He commutes between Sweden and USA. In New York he meets Sheila Hargrave and they marry early in the spring. They live for a time in Stockholm and Southern Sweden. Bård Breivik buys the nonconformist chapel in Sibbhult, which is to become his studio and home base for periods of work in Scania. Bård Breivik exhibits at Nordenhake in Malmö, and takes part in ‘Ibid 2’ at the München Brewery in Stockholm, Ola Billgren, Max Book, Rune Hagberg, Jan Håfström, Sivert Lindblom, Alf Linder, Lars Olof Loeld, Eva Löfdahl, Björn Lövin, Lars Nilsson, Håkan Rehnberg, Johan Scott, Stig Sjölund, Johan Widén, Susan Weil and Sven Åsberg. Breivik exhibits at ARS83 in Helsinki. Participating artists at ARS83 are Magdalena Abakanowicz, Abramovi?/Ulay, Vito Acconci, Alice Aycock, Robert Ashley, Georg Baselitz, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Dara Birnbaum, Jonathan Borofsky , Daniel Buren, Alain Charlonnai, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Tony Cragg, Gilbert & George, Jan Håfström, Joan Jonas, Donald Judd, On Kawara, Ellsworth Kelly, Anselm Kiefer, Per Kirkeby, Joseph Kosuth, Jannis Kounellis, Olle Kåks, Wolfgang Laib, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Markus Lüpertz, Agnes Martin, Mario Merz, Nam June Paik, Mimmo Paladino, A.R. Penck, Martha Rosler, Susan Rothenberg, Ulrich Rückriem, Richard Serra, Michael Smith, James Turrell, Richard Tuttle, Cy Twombly, Lawrence Weiner and Bill Viola.
Bård Breivik travels to Algeria together with Nordbart Weber, Svein Christiansen and Arvid Pettersen. Breivik takes part in an international group exhibition at the Toyama Modern Art Museum in Tokyo. He also takes part in the exhibition ‘The Fifth Element’ at the Borgholm castle ruins, Öland, Curt Asker, Olle Bonniér, Björn Hedlund, Ulf Rollof and Björn Wessman. Breivik has a one-man exhibition at Galeri im Boothaus, Eckernförde and Galleri Riis in Oslo. Jim Bengtson, Arvid Pettersen and Bård Breivik conclude the exhibition series ‘Norway-USA-Norway’ at the Henie-Onstad Art Centre on Høvikodden.
In January Sheila Hargrave and Bård Breivik move into the apartment in Willamsburg in New York. Breivik commutes between New York and Stockholm, but their relationship breaks up and Breivik sells his apartment in Bergen in order to buy out Sheila Hargrave’s share in New York. He takes part in the group exhibition ‘Borealis 2’, curated by Per Hovdenakk and Maaretta Jaukkuri at the Henie-Onstad Art Centre on Høvikodden. Other exhibitors are Martti Aiha, Tony Cragg, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Jan Håfström, Per Kirkeby, Olavi Lanu, Richard Nonas, Bjørn Nørgaard, Magnús Pálsson, Klaus Simon, Sissel Tolaas, Dan Wolgers and Juhani Pietarinen. Breivik takes part in the group exhibition ‘Art in Norway Today’, which is shown in London and at Neue Galerie Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen. Other exhibitors are Gunnhild Bakke, Ellen Bang, Bjørn Carlsen, Agnete Erichsen, Håkon Gullvåg, Marianne Heske, Helge Korvald, Tom Lid, Arvid Pettersen, Kjell Torriset, Gunnar Torvund, Sverre Wyller and Lambretta. Breivik exhibits at Galleri Ingleiv in Bergen and Galleri Nordenhake in Malmö. 1986 Bård Breivik takes teaching leave from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. He takes part in the group exhibition ‘After Nature’ in New York together with Heide Fasnacth, Martin Puryear, Scott Richter, Mia Westerlund Roosen, Robert Therrien and Steve Wood. The exhibition is curated by Steven Henry Madoff. Breivik takes part in ‘N_Borealis’ at the DAAD gallery in Berlin together with Per Inge Bjørlo, Anne Katrin Dolven, Hilmar Fredriksen, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Inghild Karlsen, Sissel Tolaas, Bjørn Sigurd Tufta, Sverre Wyller and Yngve Zakarias. He exhibits at the Nordic pavilion during the biennale in Venice together with Olli Lyytikäinen, Kjell Ohlin, Erik H. Olson, Silja Rantanen, Osmo Valtonen, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd and Marianne Heske. The exhibition is curated by Mats B. Galleri Nordenhake opens in Stockholm with Breivik’s diabase exhibition. He holds his first one-man exhibition at the galley Germans van Eck in New York. Breivik exhibits at Artek in Helsinki. He does a decoration for Norsk Hydro at Sandsli in Bergen.
Bård Breivik does not renew his contract as a professor at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. He goes on a six-month trip round the world. His journey starts in Copenhagen, via Anchorage to Tokyo and Kyoto. He lives for three months in Kyoto. Starts to employ various craftsmen, who make 120cm figures that become the series ‘Score for a longer conversation’. Breivik travels on to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. In Bangkok he falls in love with Sarah Harriot from New Zealand. Meets her later on an irregular basis in Sweden and Great Britain. Travels on to Katmandu, goes to Gurkh. Flies to Bali, Darwin, Alice Springs, Keynes, Sydney, Wellington, Auckland, Buenos Aires, Lapas in Bolivia, Lake Titicaca and Cusco. Follows the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and travels on to Rio, Madrid and home via Copenhagen. Breivik starts to play with the idea of ‘Borderline North’ on Svalbard (Spitsbergen). Takes part in the group exhibition ‘Scandinavia Today’, which displays works by 35 artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden at the Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan. Breivik exhibits in Wanås Slottspark together with Richard Batdorff, Leif Bolter, Leo Janis Brieditis, Barbro Bäckström, Stina Ebers, Lars Ekholm, Stina Ekman, Lars Englund, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Elle Jørgensen, Bernard Kirschenbaum, Gustaf Kraitz, Ulla Kraitz, Eric Lennarth, Carl Magnus, Truls Melin, Johannes Michler, Takashi Naraha, Staffan Nihlén, Nils Nixon, Tomas Nordberg, P O Persson, Bertil Herlov Svensson and Annette Senneby. Breivik exhibits Diabase sculptures in the Ministry of Defence’s former depot at the Akershus fortress, while also showing works at Galleri Riis. He exhibits at Galleri Eklund in Umeå. Breivik gets a decoration commission in Bergen at the former Gasworks gasholder and at Søreide school.
Bård Breivik is the year’s festival exhibitor in Bergen. He exhibits together with Jan Groth and Ingve Zakarias at Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico and together with Sverre Wyller in Belfort in Eastern France. Breivik mounts an exhibition in record time at Germans van Eck, New York. Breivik celebrates his 40th birthday and invites guests to a large party in his studio in New York, to which many friends come from near and far.
Bård Breivik takes part in the group exhibition ‘Meeting in the North’, which shows international sculpture at The Artists’ House in Oslo. Other artists are Per Barclay, Kristian Blystad, Barry Flanagan, Wenche Gulbransen, Imi Knoebel, Niels Haukeland, Ulrich Rückriem, Stein Rønning and Bill Woodrow. Breivik represents Galleri Riis during the international art fair Forum in Hamburg, but the lorry with Bård Breivik’s 12 stone columns is stolen before the fair opens and is not found until after it is over. In the autumn the project begins that is to go under the name ‘Citadel’. The project developer for the planned city district of Skøyen in Oslo, Kjell Wester, grants Bård Breivik permission to work on the Skøyen area to present his theories. Via this work Breivik meets two who are to become good friends, the sculptor Rolf Karlssen and the architect and urban planner Jørn Skåre. Inge van der Drift, whom he had previously met in Southern Sweden, becomes his assistant. Breivik makes a trip to Northern India with Kristian Blystad, Marit Lyckander and Inge van der Drift in order to collect ideas and material for ‘Citadel 1’. He exhibits at Artek in Helsinki and Galleri Riis in Oslo. Breivik holds an exhibition with diabase sculptures at Germans van Eck in New York. He does decorations for Christieparken in Bergen and at the central hospital in Kristiansand.
Bård Breivik lives in the studio in Skøyen and works on ‘Citadel’. During the summer he rents the entire factory with assistants in Boalt in Southern Sweden and organises the exhibition ‘Citadel 2’, along with invited architects. ‘Citadel 2’ opens in the autumn, with great success. Breivik travels with Birger Amundsen, Svein Christiansen (Bergen Art Association), Per Hovdenakk (Henie-Onstad Art Centre), Maaretta Jaukkuri (Ateneum, Helsinki), Björn Springfield (Moderna museet) and Thomas Breivik to Svalbard with ‘Borderline North’. Via Richard Nonas he is invited to take part in ‘No Man’s Land’ at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. Participating artists are Ed Andrews, Gloria Bornstein, Sebastien Enrique Carbajal, Jona Dos Santos, Patrick Dougherty, Heide Fasnacht, Linda Fleming, Mary Frank, Charles Ginnever, Robin Hill, Ken Hiratsuka, Ray Kelly, Howard McCalebb, Jeffry Mitchell, Jesse Moore, Manuel Neri, Keith Oliver, Beverly Pepper, Diane Pieri, Vicki Scuri, Tony Stanzione, Mary Ann Unger and Susan Wibroe. Breivik exhibits at the Center for Contemporary Art in Chicago and Dörrie Priess Galerie, Hamburg.
Bård Breivik travels to Brazil, and later that year exhibits in São Paulo. He buys a Lada and travels with an interpreter and a guide, Jan Fjell and Silvia, into the jungle. Visits the Xavante indians and is allowed to enter Xingu national park and meet the Kuri-Kuri indians. Travels on to Transamazonica (Trans-Amazonian Highway) and visits the gold mine Serra Pelada. Meets Inge van der Drift in Manaos. They travel together southwards in Brazil to São Paulo. Lives and works together with Inge van der Drift in the flat in São Paulo.
Completes the decoration with stone and water called ‘Kunsthagen’ outside the newly opened art museum in Lillehammer, designed by the architects’ office Snøhetta. Exhibits inside the art museum with the sculpture ‘The Whale’, which is a logistic challenge that combines artistic intuition, mathematics and craftsmanship. The construction is made in collaboration with Leif Wannvik and Odd Myran. Breivik exhibits at Millesgården in Stockholm and Galleri Riis in Oslo. He exhibits for the last time at German van Eck in New York. His daughter Frida van der Drift Breivik is born in December.
Bård Breivik lives together with Inge van der Drift and their daughter Frida in the Netherlands. During the summer they move into a flat in the centre of Oslo. To simplify work on major logistic projects, Breivik establishes the firm Stein og Vann a/s (Stone and Water Ltd.) with the landscape architect Tormod Sikkeland and the sculptor Kristian Blystad. He takes part in the group exhibition ‘Juxtaposition’ in Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, together with Henrik B. Andersen, Kari Cavén, Grenville Davey, Günter Förg, Isa Genzken, Olafur Gíslason, Kristján Gudmundsson, Cristina Iglesias, Søren Jensen, Jari Juvonen, Eva Löfdahl, Truls Melin, Juan Muñoz, Øivind Nygård, Julian Opie, Kirsten Ortwed, Ettore Spalletti, Morten Stræde, Elisabeth Toubro and Jan Vercruysse. Breivik takes part in ‘Sculpture Landscape Nordland’ in Narvik municipality. Other artists are Martti Aiha, Per Barclay, Waltercio Caldas, Kari Cavén, Steinar Christensen, Tony Cragg, Dorothy Cross, Erik Dietman, Toshikatsu Endo, Luciano Fabro, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Olafur Gíslason, Antony Gormley, Dan Graham, Kristján Gudmundsson, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Hulda Hákon, Jan Håfström, Oddvar I.N., Cristina Iglesias, Anish Kapoor, Inghild Karlsen, Per Kirkeby, Inge Mahn, Bjørn Nørgaard, Kjell Erik Killi Olsen, Markus Raetz, Raffael Rheinsberg, Sarkis, Kain Tapper, Sissel Tolaas and Gediminas Urbonas.
The family moves into the artists’ colony at Ekely in Oslo. Bård Breivik is commissioned to make the Jussi Björling monument in Göteborg, and displays stone works at galleri 141:an in Göteborg. He takes part in the competition for the war monument in Narvik and draws up the project ‘Maktskaller’. The toy chain Brio buys a diabase sculpture which is erected in Osby, Southern Sweden. Breivik takes part in the group exhibition ‘Sunnhordlandsutstillinga 94’ at the House of Culture and the former jailhouse on Stord, together with Gerhard Stoltz and Sigurd Øyrehagen. He does decorations outside Trondheim library and on Holmlia in Oslo. He takes part in the group exhibition ‘Winterland’, a travelling exhibition with older and contemporary Norwegian art organised within the culture programme for the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
Bård Breivik takes part in the Nordic group exhibition ‘Hour of North’ in Madrid and Barcelona, where he represents Norway along with Per Barclay and Camilla Wærenskiold. His relationship to Inge van der Drift breaks up and Breivik buys a new house in Ekely so that his daughter Frida can commute more easily between her parents. Exhibits with Jan Groth at Sandnes Art Association in Stavanger. Travels to Thailand and Burma together with Henrik Roaldsnes. Breivik is awarded the Prins Eugen medal, which is awared to artists for outstanding artistic activity in Northern Europe.
Bård Breivik starts negotiations to purchase the vacated house at Badebakken 13 in Nydalen in Oslo. Sculpture elements from the ‘Citadel 2’ exhibition are erected on trial at Klosterenga in Gamlebyen in Oslo. Breivik designs the trophy for the winner of the European Song Contest, which is organised in Oslo. His exhibition at Malmö Konsthall opens – it is much praised. The firm of architects Next to Nothing win the competition for Torgallmenningen in Bergen. Breivik becomes connected to the firm after Thomas Breivik has left the planning committee. In the autumn, sculpture elements are erect at Olav V’s square (which was called Ole Bull’s square) in Bergen, as the first step of the decoration of Torgallmenningen. Breivik exhibits at Galleri Riis and The Artists’ Federation in Oslo.
Bård Breivik travels with Lene Midling-Jensen and his daughter Frida to Xiamen, where they rent a house. The production of Torgallmenningen begins. Stone blocks from Southern Sweden to Xiamen, where they are formed by Chinese craftsmen. His assistant Per Henrik Svalastog monitors production in Xiamen. Sigurdur and Ineke Gudmundsson take over the house in Xiamen. This is the beginning of the Chinese European Art Center close to the university in Xiamen. Breivik concludes his collaboration with Stein og Vann a/s. The remaining money from the firm is used by Breivik and Kristian Blystad to establish and consolidate a studio in Beijing. Breivik does the decoration ‘Draum’ (Dream) at Oslo University Hospital, as well as a stone and water decoration at Lund University in Sweden.
Bård Breivik starts work on the Klosterenga sculpture park. Travels a great deal between China and Norway. exhibitions with Sverre Wyller at the Cologne Gallery. The ‘Oars’ series is put on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo.
The decoration of Torgallmenning is unveiled on 17 May. Thomas Breivik dies in a traffic accident on his way to the opening of Bård Breivik’s exhibition ‘Man Man Lai’ at the Cotton Factory in Arendal. Breivik meets Petter Andreas Larsen, who makes digital drawings for Klosterenga sculpture park, and eventually collaborate on more productions. Breivik takes part in the exhibition ‘Standing Stones’ with such artists as Bjørn Nørgaard and Pål Svensson in Göteborg, Stockholm and London.
Klosterenga sculpture park is built and completed within the agreed budget. Four Chinese craftsmen and Rolf Karlsen carry out the entire assembly at Klosterenga in record time, after all the elements have been formed in China. Bård Breivik exhibits at the Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen. planning begins on the millennium site Gulating in Sogn og Fjordane. 2001 Bård Breivik buys the three-story house Badebakken 13 in Oslo and starts a comprehensive restoration. He works in his studios in Southern Sweden, Beijing and Xiamen in China, and rents a studio in Oslo. He exhibits at Galleri Riis with ‘Digital Safari’, as well as at Galleri Stefan Andersson in Umeå. He does a commission assignment in Stavanger.
Bård Breivik does a decoration in Vevring in Sogn og Fjordane.
Bård Breivik works intensively on the millennium site Gulating and travels a lot to China, where production is taking place. He exhibits at Galleri Brandstrup and Galleri Riis in Oslo. He also takes part in the group exhibition at the Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen.
The millennium site Gulating is completed and is opened in early autumn. Bård Breivik exhibits for the first time at Galerie Anhava in Helsinki. 2005 Bård Breivik travels together with Lene Midling-Jensen and his daughter Frida to Bangladesh under the auspices of Impact Norge. Breivik is involved in the project ‘Jibon Tari/Boat of Life’ and starts to construct new floating hospitals that can be used for aid work. He holds a comprehensive exhibition at the National Gallery in Oslo. His exhibition at Galleri Riis opens and a week after the opening at the National Gallery. He exhibits at Schæffergården in Denmark during the jubilee celebration year for Norwegian-Danish cooperation. Breivik exhibits at Galerie Leong in Zürich, and the gallery owner Anna Blümel arranges his participation in the group exhibition Blickachsen in Bad Homburg v.d. Höhe. Other exhibitors at Blickachsen are Magdalena Abakanowicz, Amador, Andrea Bee, Max Bill, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Eduardo Chillida, Antony Gormley, Jörg Immendorff, Joan Miró, Miquel Navarro, Per Kirkeby, Nikolaus Koliusis, Andreas Korte, Victor López, Bernhard Luginbühl, Markus Lüpertz, Ursula von Rydingsvard, SEO and Jean Tinguely. Breivik sells his New York apartment to finance the renovation of the three-storey house in Badebakken in Oslo.
Bård Breivik exhibits at The House of Sculpture in Stockholm and Vida Konsthall on Öland. In Norway Breivik exhibits at galleri Brandstrup and Skien art museum. His daughter Katinka Midling Breivik is born in the autumn.
Bård Breivik marries Lene Midling-Jensen 07.07.07. Breivik is invited to carry out part of the decoration work for the new building of the Department of Informatics (IFI) at Oslo University. The decoration work is produced in China. Breivik travels to Kenya with Cato Litangen. He exhibits new works in the series ‘Score for a longer conversation’ at the Cotton Factory in Arendal. He has exhibitions at galleri Mårtenson & Persson in Båstad, galleri Bouhlou in Bergen and at Stiklestad National Centre of Culture during the Stiklestad play.
Breivik holds a retrospective exhibition at Sørlandet’s Art Museum (SKMU) in Kristiansand, and positions 15 stone sculptures in the city centre. At the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, Breivik’s ‘Orion’s Belt’ is shown at the same time as the Olympic Games and the third international art biennale are being organised. He exhibits at Bærum Art Association. Breivik makes a water installation for the newly renovated ski jumping facility at Holmenkollbakken.
Bård Breivik exhibits at Image Gallery in Beijing and Galerie Anhava in Helsinki, as well as at Studio Hugo Opdal in Flø. Breivik exhibits at Otto-Huset in Finnøy together with Jean-Michel Hannecart. He participates in the summer exhibition at Lillesand art association together with Elisabeth Werp and Janne Møller-Hansen. Breivik visits Svein Christiansen in Thailand and does a series of new works using a braiding technique.
Two new sculpture elements are installed in Klosterenga park, an 80-metre-long gully of granite from the Fuijan province, and ‘The Wave Bench’, which is made of a special type of stone from Yantai in China. Bård Breivik travels to Bamako and takes part in the group exhibition ‘North meets West’ at Musée National du Mali together with Abdoulaye Konate, Arvid Pettersen, Bjørn Nørgaard, Christina Peel, Ky Siriky, Marian Heyerdahl, Ole Lislerud, Samuel Oulou, Tete Camille Azankpo and Trude W. Nordmark. Breivik takes part in Art Beijing Public Art Fair together with such artists as Sui Jianguo, Peng Hongzhi, Chen Wenling, Liu Yonggang, Wu Rigen, Deng Jianjin, Alessandro Rolandi, Kristiina Koskentola and Saint Clair Cemin. Breivik takes part in a group exhibition organised by the Norwegian Sculptors’ Association in the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava together with Viel Bjerkeset Andersen, Pan Arnborg, Christine Aspelund, Bente Sommerfeldt Colberg, Gisle Harr, Anlaug Jakobsen, Susanne Kathlen Mader, Ansgar Ole Olsen, Fredrik Raddum, Ståle Sørensen, Øyvind Suul og Hanne Tyrmi. The decoration for IFI is completed and exhibited as an outdoor cube during the Bergen International Festival. Breivik exhibits at Galleri Andersson Sandström in Umeå, and at Mandal art association.
The cube is shown on the University Square in Oslo before being mounted on the facade of the new IFI building at the university. Bård Breivik exhibits at the centenary anniversary of The Artists’ Federation in Oslo. At the same time, he exhibits at Bærum Art Association. Lillesand Art Association buys stone sculptures from the exhibition in Kristiansand. Breivik makes new, alternative sketches for columns that are to be made of high-polished steel for Torgallmenningen in Bergen. Breivik is awarded Anders Jahres kulturpris, together with Kristian Blystad.
The 23.8m-high sculpture ‘Autolitten’ is finished in Fyllingsdalen in Bergen. Breivik takes part in a group exhibition at the Inside Out Art Museum in Beijing together with Amy Lincoln, Ben Zawalich, Bodo Korsig, Brian Novatny, Carl Fudge, Cecilia Vázquez, Claire Beckett, Craig Zammiello, Dr Lakra, Feng Lianghong, Liang Hanchang, Gandalf Gavan, Greg Kessler, Jason S. Yi, Jeffrey A. Keough, Jennifer Nuss, Kiki Smith, Kurt J. Kemp, Lana Z. Caplan, Li Xiaofeng, Liang Hao, Ma Kelu, Mark Perlman, Megan Foster, Nathlie Provosty, Nicola López, OBRA Architects, Peter Wayne Lewis, Phong Bui, Predrag Dimitrijevic, Qin Feng, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Saint Clair Cemin, Sarah Sze, Shahzia Sikander, Stephen Tourlentes, Terry Winters, Thomas Tsang, Tomas Vu-Daniel, Tommy White, Wang Xu, Yuan Jia, Yuan Zuo and Zhu Jia. Breivik exhibits at Galleri Riis in Oslo, as well as at a special exhibition organised by Galleri Riis at Filipstad together with Olav Christopher Jenssen. Breivik exhibits at Galleri SE in Bergen and does decorations at Vika Terrasse in Oslo and the Clarion hotel in Trondheim.
Bård Breivik travels to India with his daughter Frida. The journey concludes in Thailand, where he visits Svein Christiansen and continues work on his braided items. Breivik exhibits at the newly opened Maggie Centre in Aberdeen, designed by the Snøhetta firm of architects. Bård Breivik makes new trophies in Beijing. These are designed in clay and later made of high-polished steel. Breivik does decorations in Lillestrøm and at St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim. He takes part in a group exhibition at Galleri Osebro, Porsgrunn, together with Jon Gundersen, Istvan Lisztes, Terje Roalkvam, Åsil Bøthun, Gisle Harr, Martine Linge, Gunnar Torvund and Fredrik Raddum. Breivik exhibits at Galleri Mårtenson & Persson in Stockholm.
Breivik does decorations at St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim. Hans major retrospective exhibition at KODE in Bergen opens in May. The exhibition is curated by Frode Sandvik. Breivik’s sculptures are shown at the Vigeland Museum in Oslo. He does at decoration at Ulsteinsvik. Late in the year he is diagnosed as having cancer.
Bård Breivik takes part in Uddenskulptur’s anniversary exhibition, together with Märta Anderdott, Ann Carlsson-Korneev, Mia Fkih Mabrouk, Claes Hake, Åsa Herrgård, Jens Cr. Jensen, Ulf Johnsson, Bo Karberg, Henjasaj N. Koda, Hiroshi Koyama, Hubert Majer, Louise Plant, Søren Schaarup, Birgitta Silfverhielm, Stefan Sprenker, Agneta Stening, Iréne Vestman, Laila Westergaard and Lars Widenfalk. He also takes part in ‘Rolling Snowball/6’, Djúpivogur, Island together with Árni Páll Jóhannsson, Aernout Mik, Bjørn Nørgaard, Finnbogi Pétursson, Guido van der Werve, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Hrafnkell Sigur?sson, Josie Jenkins, Kan Xuan, Kristján Gu?mundsson, Libin Chen, Marike Schuurman, Marjan Laaper, Ólöf Nordal, Ragnar Kjartansson, Rúna Porkelsdóttir, Sarah Mei Herman, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Stevens Vaughn, Pór Vigfússon, Tim Chen Chuanxi, Voebe de Gruyter, Zhang Ya and Zhifei Yang. Breivik exhibits masks, sculpture and drawings at Galleri Giga on Stord.
Bård Breivik dies on 10 January at Lovisenberg Diakonale Sykehus in Oslo after having fought an aggressive form of cancer for a year. Funeral service at Vestre Gravlund kapell on 21 January. On 30 January, Lillehammer Art Museum opens a new extension designed by the Snøhetta firm of architects and with a spectacular facade by Breivik in high mirror finish steel. BÅRD BREIVIK – SCULPTURE, I’d Love the Key to the Master Lock (Vol. 1) Score for a Longer Conversation (Vol. 2) is published in April.