Opposition to Melgaard can be personal

Bjarne Melgaard is widely viewed as Norway’s leading contemporary artist, but he’s attracted strong opposition to his major project that would combine his art with his residence and workplace. Melgaard suspects the opposition is aimed more at himself personally than his controversial “House to Die In.” He’s not alone. “Bjarne can gladly be viewed as […]

Melgaard mellows on disputed ‘House’

After years of heated conflict, Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard seems more keen to come to terms with potential neighbours of his controversial “House to Die In.” A public exhibition of new plans for the house in Oslo shows “adjustments” aimed at accommodating neighbours, while Melgaard even is open to building it at another location. “You […]

Melgaard trims an unconventional tree

PHOTO FEATURE: Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard offered his own unique way of launching the holiday season in his homeland’s capital during the weekend. At the invitation of Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum, Melgaard decorated the museum’s indoor Christmas tree this year, and it drew quite a crowd to the museum’s lobby. The Astrup Fearnley Museet (Museum), […]

Artist Odd Nerdrum wins royal pardon

Norwegian artist Odd Nerdrum, convicted of tax evasion in several courts and facing a year in prison, has received a royal pardon from King Harald V. No reason for the unusual pardon was given, after the government had relented and forwarded Nerdrum’s pardon application to the palace. “Odd Nerdrum was pardoned by royal resolution on […]

Knausgård offers a new look at Munch

One of Norway’s most internationally prominent authors, Karl Ove Knausgård, has put together an exhibit of works by the country’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch, in a creative effort by Oslo’s Munch Museum to offer “a different, new and fresh look” at Munch’s artistry. The result is likely to at least delight all those who’ve complained for years […]

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 […]

Two artists laid to rest

Norway’s cultural world lost two well-known artists during the Easter holidays and they were both laid to rest on Friday. Frans Widerberg was described as “a giant” in the art world, while Knut Borge was a jazz expert and fixture on Norwegian television during the past few decades. Queen Sonja, an artist herself, was among […]

Artist Widerberg dies at 82

Frans Widerberg, one of Norway’s most well-known painters and graphic artists, died on Friday in his home in Oslo after what his family called a short illness. He was 82. Widerberg, who was knighted in 1997, was considered one of Norway’s most prominent contemporary artists, known for his use of bold colors dominated by red, […]

Melgaard’s ‘death house’ delayed

Artist Bjarne Melgaard faces more frustration in his efforts to build his controversial “House to Die In” near and even on parts of the former homesite of another Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch. Now Melgaard, who’s been working on the project with Oslo architecture firm Snøhetta, has been ordered to supply more information about it before Norway’s national Directorate for […]

Customs officials cleared to release Melgaard’s art

Finance Minister Siv Jensen stepped in for a second time on Tuesday to settle a conflict over what constitutes art, and whether Norway’s VAT should be slapped on a series of paintings created by Norwegian contemporary artist Bjarne Melgaard. Jensen determined that the tax should not apply, and that Melgaard’s art should be released by customs immediately. “Melgaard […]