Thursday, November 17, 2011

Solo show at MAAA Museo de Arte Acarigua Araure, Venezuela 2013

- is now confirmed.
I will travel to Venezuela autumn 2012 in preparation for the show in 2013. The show will travel further to art museums in South America in 2014-2015.

                                                       The Museum Building used to be a 1050s dance hall.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Shipsearching at Honor Fraser gallery in LA

LA Weekly: Best art I saw all week. Mie Olise's Shipsearching at Honor Fraser is as Cool as a Treehouse

"Shipsearching, Mie Olise's awesome treehouse of an artwork at Honor Fraser gallery, stole the opening-night-in-Culver-City scene for me. You may be wondering, what's a treehouse of an artwork? Is that some newfangled whipper-snapper term for awesome? No, that would make me redundant".


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Danish Art Council supports upcoming Museum Show

The Danish Arts Council sponsors my upcoming museum show at Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Arty Centre. I have been working on the project since spring 2009. And finally it is time to  start producing the large scale installations. I am happy that there is funding, so I won´t have to be all made in "pap-machee" ; and can have sound and film to it! Thank you, I am relieved, grateful and happy!

Back in New York - new studio in Bushwick

working on the show at Honor Fraser, opening on oct 29. The studio is one of the best, and by far the most expensive studio I have evar had, I enjoy!

Saturday, August 20, 2011


I spend the first 2 weeks of august at Edition Copenhagen, the best printers workshop in Copenhagen. I was a thrill to work on the stones and have all the professional help I needed. Thanks a LOT, Rasmus, June and Peer! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Danish Art Council supports Honor Fraser Show

Honor Fraser Gallery
I just got news that the Danish Art Council is supporting me november show at LA gallery Honor Fraser.
The show "Shipsearching" is about my search for the good ship, Espen Arnakke.

Monday, April 25, 2011


DUVE Berlin proudly presents the second solo exhibition by Danish artist, MIE OLISE. The exhibition titled *Afflicted Fallout* presents new works of painting, drawing and sculpture that investigate, reflect and interpret one of the most controversial moments in the history of science and the development of the atomic bomb.

*Afflicted Fallout* revisits a meeting that occurred in 1941 between two physicist,  in Copenhagen at The Niels Bohr institute, within Niels Bohrs private office and in Auditorium A.  Olise's artwork invites the viewer inside this location, providing a seemingly haunting insight into the space once occupied with scientific minds, research and now political and social controversy.

The meeting of 1941, historically remains of scientific importance as it signified a turning point of moral, political and scientific concern during the quest for nuclear power on the brink of World War 2. This meeting between the two great minds has later been referred to as "The Copenhagen Fall Out".

Bohr and Heisenberg worked together since 1924 and had an intense professional relationship, they mentored and collaborated with many of the top physicists of the century and both won the Nobel Prize. Later they were separated by war, Heisenberg in Berlin and Bohr in Copenhagen. In 1941, Heisenberg came to Bohr with the question concerning the possibility of creating the nuclear bomb. "Could one do that in the name of science regardless of politics?" Bohr refused to talk to Heisenberg and never wanted to discuss the topic again. After the war Heisenberg never got Bohr to solve the differences they had that day in 1941.

Heisenberg went back to Germany, and never made the atomic bomb. Bohr, now believing that Heisenberg was making the atomic bomb, made contact with the British Intelligence who assisted his immigration to the UK and America whereby Bohrs assisted the allied forces to build the first atomic bomb, that bomb was later dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

Bohrs and Heisenberg aimed at creating a better world through science. However their relationship and the 'The fall out' has so many layers. Bohr was Jewish and politically active during World War 2. Heisenberg was working for the Nazis without agreeing with them but wanting to be inside rather than outside in order to make a difference. Both had the intellect and knowledge to develop the bomb, but were politically and morally torn apart. They didn't meet each other in agreement, and the disagreement is a very sad one, they never saw the other's positive intentions. Not until many years after both men died, the last part of the argument is revealed in Bohrs books, drafts of unsent letters were found, written by Bohr intended for Heisenberg but were never sent.

Mie Olise went to investigate the two specific meeting-points at The Niels Bohrs Institute for the Bohr and Heisenberg's 1941 meeting. *Afflicted Fallout* presents 11 paintings, which are interpretations of details of the two specific architectural spaces. The artist has also planted seeds at the addresses in Berlin, where Werner Heisenberg worked during the war, 8 plants for each country confirmed to have atomic nuclear weapons, and 8 unsent letters from Bohr to Heisenberg. In the gallery space visitors will also find a tiny silver sculpture, a map of where to find the plants. Inside the sculpture/structure is a microfilm, coding the structure, so you can find your way from the gallery to the sites of the plants.

Mie Olise was born in 1974 in Denmark, she currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York where she is undertaking the ISCP - International Studio and Curatorial Program. Mie obtained her Masters of Fine Arts at St Martin's School of Art in London and a Masters of architecture at the Aarhus School of Architecture. Mie has upcoming solo-exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre and at Honor Fraser gallery in Los Angeles. She has previously had solo exhibitions at Ny Kunst Museum (SNYK), New Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark and at Barbara Davis gallery, Houston and had group exhibitions at Ystad Museum of Art, Sweden, the Ovengaden Institute for contemporary Art in Copenhagen and participated at the Istanbul Biennial in 2007, the Liverpool Biennial in 2008 and the Whistable Biennale in 2010.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


For my Show at Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, I have been awarded a studio and an appartment in Copenhagen for 3 months up until the opening of the show,-)
Thumbs up for whats still left of the financial support for artists in Denmark!
I am so very thankful, and hope that this right wing government will not succeed in killing it all off before autumn ( and a new lefty government,-))) because we are indeed fortunate!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Athens Video Art Festival, Damascus and Magmart Video Art Festivals.

PLAYING SHIP VIDEO, curated by Enrico Tomaselli, director of the Magmart Video Festivalclick to see video
The Playing Ship video I made at Iceland during my Residency, 2009.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


In november I will open my show "Shipsearching" at the LA Gallery, Honor Fraser.
Honor Fraser is my all time favourite LA gallery, this is

Wednesday, January 5, 2011