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 […]

Outgoing museum director gets golden handshake

Norwegian state officials normally frown on lucrative executive pay deals and severance packages but now find themselves as party to one: Audun Eckhoff, the director of Norway’s National Museum whose eight-year stint was not renewed, will leave his post this month with two years worth of pay totalling around NOK 3 million (USD 362,000). “This […]

Dane takes on big museum job

The board of Norway’s National Museum in Oslo has selected a new director from Denmark. Karin Hindsbo was tapped not only to lead Norway’s largest museum itself but also to guide its biggest move ever, into brand-new quarters on the capital’s western waterfront. Hindsbo, age 42, has already been living and successfully working in Norway for […]

Munch’s ‘Scream’ mystery solved

A mysterious smudge on the Norwegian National Gallery’s versions of Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream has plagued art experts for years. Was it intentionally placed there by Munch himself, or was it simply the remains of a bird dropping? Now they know. Advanced methods of analysis have revealed that the smudge, located just below the […]

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 […]