In and around Oslo’s new landmark

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PHOTO FEATURE: A stunning new structure was opening its doors alongside the Oslo Fjord over the weekend, and some are already calling it the city’s major new attraction. The Astrup Fearnley Museum started welcoming guests on Thursday, and forms the  heart of an artistic new neighborhood.

The museum is located at Tjuvholmen, the commercial and residential development that’s still under construction just beyond the Aker Brygge waterfront complex. New galleries have been popping up regularly, attracted themselves by the prospect of having the Astrup Fearnley Museum of contemporary art as their neighbour. In the backround of this photo taken near the museum’s front entrance is Oslo’s City Hall.

Abundant use of glass offers views straight out to the museum’s sculpture park and the Oslo Fjord. A new café is on the right and a main exhibition hall on the left, just beyond what architect Renzo Piano called “a nice lady” (a work by Japanese artist Murakami) welcoming visitors at the main entrance.

One of the main exhibition halls at the new Astrup Fearnley Museum of contemporary art (for more photos, and more about the museum, go to our story New landmark opens in Oslo.)

Museum architect Renzo Piano (right) said that he and museum director Gunnar Kvaran could “feel a bit guilty sitting and spoiling the view of this beautiful piece of art,” as they met reporters in front of the painting “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover” by Dan Colen. Both Piano and Kvaran, though, were happy to welcome visitors on Thursday and clearly proud of the new museum.

Other views around the fjord can be seen from the plazas and terraces around the new Astrup Fearnley Museum, like here, with more outdoor art as well.

The newly reopened museum, moved from its former location downtown, is perched at the end of what once was a large industrial pier at Tjuvholmen. The fashionable area now features expensive homes and offices along with restaurants and galleries.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund

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