Warm receptions at Kistefos’ opening

PHOTO FEATURE: The weather was unusually warm on Sunday when Norwegian industrialist and philanthropist Christen Sveaas could finally welcome a government minister in charge of culture to the outdoor and ever-growing Kistefos-Museum he’s created in Jevnaker. Judging by the large turnout, accolades and applause at Kistefos’ season opener, the public’s reception of this summer’s exhibit […]

Foreign minister returned stolen Buddha

Foreign Minister Børge Brende traveled to Myanmar (Burma) this week, where he delivered a 200-year-old Buddha sculpture believed to have been stolen from the country several years ago. “Norway wants to contribute towards the return of stolen cultural objects to their countries of origin, in line with international agreements,” Brende said during a formal ceremony […]

The Queen’s art raises a flap

Art critics and artists themselves are questioning why the Art Museums of Bergen (KODE) decided to mount an exhibition of Queen Sonja’s art in the soon-to-reopen KODE 1, formerly known as Permanenten. It’s the museum building used for handicraft and design, and will reopen after an extensive refurbishment on May 23. “Why should the queen be able to […]

Drama rolls over collector’s art

Wealthy investor and businessman Stein Erik Hagen wants to share his vast private art collection with the public, and the state wants access to it. That’s about all they agree on, though. Hagen finally met with the government minister in charge of culture this week, after a summer of high-stakes drama that involves the future […]

Historic landscapes impress the critics

This year’s summer exhibit at the art center founded by legendary Norwegian ice skater Sonja Henie has won rave reviews and drawn an enthusiastic public. It’s also part of an ongoing effort in Norway to cooperate with other museums outside the country, and introduce some of Norway’s most cherished artists to an international audience. The Munch […]

Men jailed for ties to Munch art theft

Two men arrested earlier this week in connection with the theft of a lithograph by famed Norwegian artist Edvard Munch were ordered held in custody for at least four weeks while police continue to investigate. The lithograph has also been recovered. Newspaper Aftenposten reported Wednesday that both suspects are charged with possession of stolen property. It’s […]

Art thief left his wallet behind

Pål Enger is known as Norway’s most famous art thief, convicted of stealing the National Gallery’s version of Edvard Munch’s Scream just before the Winter Olympics got underway in 1994. Now Enger has been convicted again, after badly bungling a break-in. Enger, age 48, was sentenced this week to two years in prison by an […]

Coast celebrated, in politics and art

Norway is known for its mountains and fjords, but its long coastline has had perhaps the biggest impact on its people, culture, livelihoods, transport and communication for centuries. Now the Norwegian coast is the highlight of a new exhibit at the National Gallery in Oslo, as it still plays a huge role in the country’s economy and […]

Melgaard faces more opposition in Oslo

It’s “artists vs. artists” in the latest protests to Bjarne Melgaard’s controversial project A house to die in, in Oslo. Local photographer-artist Per Maning is using his own art exhibit this winter to oppose Melgaard’s project, and plead with Oslo city officials to halt it once and for all. Melgaard’s house is planned for the grounds outside […]

‘House of Commons’ to be rehabilitated

An old, run-down wooden house built the same year as Norway’s Parliament, in 1866, has been standing for months in front of the national assembly building in Oslo. It was moved there as part of an art project in connection with the two buildings’ 150th anniversaries, and now the old house has won a new lease on life. […]