Olav Christopher Jenssen – Norway

Olav Christopher Jenssen is one of Scandinavia´s most recognized and internationally exhibited contemporary artists. Born in 1954 in Sortland, Norway, Jenssen is currently based in Berlin, Germany, where he has been living and working for more than 30 years. Jenssen achieved his international breakthrough at Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany, in 1992. In 1997 he succeeded Sigmar Polke as professor of painting at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg, Germany. In 2007 he took up the corresponding position at the Braunschweig University of Art in Braunschweig, Germany.

“Having been part of the international art scene since the 1980’s, I’ve understood how important it is that artists’ rights are recognized all around the world. Economic and moral rights are conditions for the creation of works and for a thriving art market. The Resale Right ensures that a small part of the sales revenue is returned to the artists and thereby encourages the creation of new works. The right is directly related to the sale of the physical work and to the ongoing process of creating new works of art. To me the Resale Right therefore is such an obvious right, a right that in my opinion should be easy for everyone involved in the art market to comprehend and support.”