Future unclear for new Munch Museum

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It remains unclear whether a controversial new building for Oslo’s Munch Museum will actually take form on the waterfront at Bjørvika, after politicians voted last week to postpone a final decision until after the municipal elections on September 12.

This proposed building for a new Munch Museum continues to stir controversy, and politicians can't come to an agreement on it. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: MIR/Herreros Arquitectos/Oslo kommune

The city’s development committee was supposed to vote on whether to go ahead with the new building last Wednesday, but postponed it after the Progress Party reportedly changed its position and threatened to oppose the project. That would suggest a majority for a bloc led by the Labour Party, which wants to maintain the Munch Museum at its current site at Tøyen, and expand there instead.

Voters now won’t know how the various parties in Oslo’s city government stand on the issue before the election.

A new site for the Munch Museum has been a matter of controversy for years, but most agree a new building is needed. The current building, despite recent upgrading following a major theft in 2004, is considered too small and outdated.

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