The Matchbox Biennale is a multidisciplinary art event aiming at promoting visual art in small format, and making it more accessible.

Utilizing the power of art in combination with respect for nature and the environment, the project seeks to minimize the gap between modern art and the audience, combining the traditional with the modern, and most of all, celebrating one of the smallest things in our daily life: the matchbox.

The Matchbox Art Biennale takes place every other year in Julussdalen, located in the east of Norway. This stunning location is where the beautiful Taiga or boreal forest starts, and spreads all the way to Siberia, Russia. Julussdalen is also a valley known for it’s cultural history. It’s historical meandering river, “Julussa”, is known for the “Julussa Conflict”: where trapping pits and the iron extraction mines existed in the middle ages.

The Matchbox Biennale seeks to invoke the healthy relationship between the humans and the nature, by appreciating – in a symbolic way – one of the smallest things that nature gives: the Matchbox.

The Matchbox Biennale seeks to create a platform for international contemporary art and a dynamic exchange relationship between artists, audience, and nature, thus making art more accessible and more democratic.

The Matchbox Biennale is engaged in uplifting modern and contemporary art forms as well as traditional artisanal expressions.

Trond Einar S. Indsetviken
Robert I. Khoury

The Matchbox Biennale began as a private initiative by the artist Trond Einar S. Indsetviken and the gallery owner Robert I. Khoury. It was encouraged, then supported by the cultural department of the regional authorities and adopted by Natthagen (AiR), in the hope of a more adequate institutional support infrastructure in the future.

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