New Munch Museum is ready to rise

PHOTO FEATURE: Crown Princess Mette-Marit was called upon Friday to lay the cornerstone for the new Munch Museum that finally is being built on Oslo’s eastern waterfront at Bjørvika. After years of debate and delays, top city and state officials said it was an “historic day” not only for Oslo, but for the country and […]

Police finally identify body found in pipe

Police in Oslo have finally been able to identify the body of a man found inside a pipe at the construction site for the new Munch Museum at Bjørvika. Newspaper Aftenposten reported on Tuesday that he’s been identified as a Swedish citizen in his 30s. The body was discovered by a crane operator at the […]

Mystery surrounds dead man found in pipe

Like a scene right out of a Nordic crime novel or film, construction work at the site of Oslo’s new Munch Museum came to an abrupt halt late this week when a crane operator hoisting a pipe spotted a body inside it. Police still hadn’t been able to establish an identity two days later. The pipe […]

New Munch Museum to rise as planned

Overriding another sudden outburst of opposition, Oslo’s new city government has declared that it will move forward with construction of a new high-rise Munch Museum on the city’s eastern waterfront as planned. A last-ditch effort to expand the existing Munch Museum at Tøyen instead has been rejected. “Now we’re counting on the museum opening at Bjørvika in […]

Munch Museum’s fate back in doubt

New questions are flying around Oslo’s major investment in a new museum to house the art of its most famous artist, Edvard Munch. Some politicians are still trying to block the project, making others wonder whether a new Munch Museum on the city’s eastern waterfront will actually be built. The existing Munch Museum, criticized for years as […]

Redevelopment yields treasures

The ongoing redevelopment of Oslo’s waterfront, along with several nearby highway and railroad improvement projects, has led to one of Norway’s biggest archaeological excavations ever. The treasures and knowledge that continue to be unearthed are reaching “epic” proportions, according to archaeologists involved. On Monday came news of the discovery of a perfectly intact 23-carat gold ring with a […]

Mud challenges harbour projects

Two of the landmark projects planned for Oslo’s eastern waterfront – a new Munch Museum and a new city library – are suddenly threatened by muddy foundations. The library project is already delayed and running way over budget, because builders have to keep pumping water out of the unstable mud on which it’s sitting. The Oslo City Council […]

Police drop complaint over Munch-Melgaard exhibit

A controversial video that’s part of an equally controversial art exhibit at Oslo Munch Museum does not violate Norwegian law, police attorneys have ruled. The Oslo Police District announced it would not pursue a complaint filed against the museum two weeks ago. The exhibit, which pairs the art of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch with contemporary expatriate […]

Munch-Melgaard exhibit draws police complaint

Oslo’s Munch Museum confirmed on Monday that a portion of its current controversial exhibit, which draws ties between the work of Norwegian artists Edvard Munch and Bjarne Melgaard, had been reported to the police. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that it remained unclear who had filed the complaint with the police. “We are aware that a complaint has […]

Museum surprised by ‘new’ Munch art

The startling discovery of 21 works of art by famed Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, revealed over the weekend, also surprised officials at Oslo’s Munch Museum. They don’t expect any of the art will make its way to the museum, though, or even to Norway. The 21 prints and lithographs by Edvard Munch were among a vast […]