National Museum turns on the charm

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway’s new National Museum is rising on Oslo’s western waterfront, and attracting some unusually harsh criticism two years before it even opens. Museum staff and state officials met the critics with a charm offensive, though, and offered the public a peek at what’s going on behind its new brick walls. “It’s incomprehensible that […]

National Gallery highlights a ‘pioneer’

With renewed political support and the largest exhibition ever of multi-talented, pioneering Norwegian artist Gerhard Munthe, Norway’s National Gallery in Oslo is poised for another busy summer season. Busloads of tourists were already pouring into the museum on Wednesday, even before the Munthe exhibition debuts this weekend. The official opening is set for Thursday evening. […]

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 […]

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), […]

New Ibsen theater won funding

Among “goodies” offered by the Norwegian government in its state budget proposal for next year is an allotment of NOK 8 million (USD 1 million) to create a new, small theater for performing plays by Norway’s legendary Henrik Ibsen. The theater will be constructed inside the historic building that also houses the Ibsen Museum and […]

Museum launches search for stolen Viking jewelry

The University of Bergen’s Historisk Museum has posted photos online of some of an estimated 400 items stolen from its storage rooms earlier this month. They’re calling it a “professional” heist in which thieves climbed up scaffolding and broke a window leading into the building’s seventh floor. Museum officials were at first unsure about what had been […]

Oslo museum projects in exclusive exhibition

Two Norwegian museums currently under construction have made it into an exclusive exhibit of international projects viewed as being the museums of the future. Both the now-rising Munch Museum in Oslo and Norway’s new National Museum are included. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that the two Oslo projects were singled out as being part of museums that distinguish themselves […]

Munch paintings bound for Japan

One of Japan’s largest industrial firms, Idemitsu, has financially supported Oslo’s Munch Museum for many years. Now the museum will be giving something back to its Japanese sponsors by lending out some of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s most famous paintings for an exhibition in Tokyo, for the first time ever.  Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend […]

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 […]

Property tax bills spark more outcry

Several cultural institutions and humanitarian organizations are the latest to be hit by new property tax bills from the City of Oslo that they claim can threaten their operations. Taxpayers in other cities and towns around Norway are also receiving shocking bills, many in areas where the local economy is thriving and the local government has […]