New light shines on historic fortress

Oslo's historic Akershus Fortress & Castle is now basking in new light. PHOTO: Forsvarsdepartementet/Erik Selmer

At the darkest time of the year in Norway, the country’s defense establishment has finally been able to shine some new light on the historic Akershus Fortress and Castle in Oslo. After a major renovation project, the fortress perched above the capital’s inner harbour is now literally in the spotlight. Norway’s new defense minister, Ine […]

Viking ships lose out to Munch

The Munch Museum has also gotten a boost from its new sponsor, Flytoget, which has decorated its airport express trains with Munch's art. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Two of Oslo’s most traditional tourist attractions, the Viking Ship Museum and Norwegian Folk Museum at Bygdøy, are reporting declines in their numbers of visitors. Summer crowds this year seem to be spending their time instead at the special exhibits celebrating the 150th birthday of famed Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported […]

New museum seeks new funding

As Oslo’s new Astrup Fearnley Museum launched its first new exhibit since it re-opened in a new landmark location on the waterfront last year, its leaders were hoping for new funding from the state. For the first time since the museum opened 20 years ago, it’s applied for NOK 7 million in state support because […]

State steps in with Munch support

Hopes were rising Wednesday that a new Munch Museum will indeed be built in Oslo, perhaps this artist's rendition of Spanish architect Herreros' award-winning design for a museum on the waterfront at Bjørvika, PHOTO: Herreros

After years of quarreling among city officials over construction of a new Munch Museum, the state is finally stepping in with an offer to share costs. The move by Culture Minister Hadia Tajik may end the conflict and get the project back on track. Newspaper Dagbladet reported Wednesday that the state government will offer financial […]

Munch celebration gets underway

Edvard Munch may be rolling in his grave over Oslo politicians' failure to house his priceless art in a new museum, but they have come together for a year of celebration to mark what would have been his 150th birthday. PHOTO: Munch 150.no

After months, even years, of planning, quarreling and funding worries, Norway’s cultural elite gathered in Oslo Wednesday to kick off a year of celebrations to mark the 150th birthday of the country’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch. King Harald was among those attending the festivities at the Oslo City Hall. City officials still haven’t been […]

Munch celebrated amidst quarreling

Edvard Munch, shown here in a portrait from 1921, would likely be dour indeed if he knew about how his priceless art has caused so much conflict in Oslo. Now local officials are using what resources they have to mount a jubilee for Norway's most famous artist on the occasion of his 150th birthday. PHOTO: Wikipedia

Norway’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch, would have turned 149 years old on Wednesday. He’ll be the subject of a local jubilee for the next 12 months, in the run-up to his 150th birthday, despite disappointing funding for it and Oslo politicians’ failure to agree on a new museum to house his priceless works. The […]

A peek inside Vigeland’s home

Vigelands stue/living room

Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland lived and worked in the Oslo museum bearing his name for nearly 20 years, and the entire building underwent extensive refurbishment this year. His apartment remains as he left it when he died in 1943, and the museum occasionally offers guided tours. Views and News seized a recent opportunity to have […]

Vigeland Museum revitalized

The Vigeland Museum has been revitalized and enhances any visit to the adjacent Vigeland/Frogner Park. PHOTO: Views and News

MUSEUM GUIDE: Tucked away on the south side of Oslo’s famed Frogner Park is a large historic building that in many ways made the park itself possible. The Vigeland Museum, named for the artist behind the park’s enormous collection of sculptures, is where Gustav Vigeland lived and worked for nearly two decades. It reopened earlier […]

Tradition lives on at Folkemuseum

Homes relocated from Norway's Østerdal region. PHOTO: Isabel Coderre

MUSEUM GUIDE: Norway’s capital is full of museums, and they’re often in the news. We’re following that news, and aim to focus regularly on a specific museum or attraction worthy of a visit. THIS WEEK: The Norsk Folkemuseum, a lively place in the summer that’s full of tradition and offers an historic glimpse of the […]

Bogstad Gård… farm or palace?

Bogstad Gaard small room P1014866

MUSEUM GUIDE: Norway’s capital is full of museums, and they’re often in the news. We’re following that news, and aim to focus regularly on a specific museum or attraction worthy of a visit. THIS WEEK: Bogstad Gård, a peaceful place to spend a sunny afternoon touring an 18th century manor, strolling the property, and relaxing […]