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 […]

Sveaas donates Stradivarius

Wealthy Norwegian businessman and investor Christen Sveaas is sharing his fortune yet again. Now he’s given away a violin and a cello, both made by the legendary Italian instrument maker Antonio Stradivari in the 17th and 18th centuries. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported this week that Sveaas, known for being generous, donated the violin and […]

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 […]

Royals lay down cornerstone for new National Museum

More than a year after construction finally began on Norway’s new national art museum in Oslo, Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit laid down its cornerstone in the form of a box filled with newspaper articles, stamps and other documents from this year. The box was then tucked into a backpack that was placed on […]

‘Viking Age Museum’ starts taking shape

A new safe harbour is rising around Norway’s famed Viking ships, arguably the country’s most precious national treasures. State officials unveiled the winning designs on Tuesday for a new “Viking Age Museum” in Oslo, to be built around the existing museum building, which itself is on the country’s historic preservation list. Statsbygg, the state-owned company in charge […]

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 […]

Museums report mixed attendance figures

Some of Norway’s major museums are jubilant these days, after recording big increases in their numbers of visitors last year, while others are disappointed or even facing crisis. Oslo’s Munch Museum and the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter located just west of the capital have the most to celebrate. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported earlier this month that the Munch Museum, […]

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 […]

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 […]