New art museum rising in Oslo

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PICTURE STORY: After years of planning and construction, a new home for Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum of  Modern Art now seems to suddenly be rising quickly on the capital’s western waterfront. We snapped some photos over the weekend, when the weather suddenly cleared as well.

The Oslo area was spared the extreme weather that moved over northwestern Norway this weekend. The days are short, with daylight only from around 9am to 3pm, but the sun came out and temperatures were unseasonably mild for late November. The photo above was taken from just under the Akershus Fortress and Castle, across the inner harbour from the Aker Brygge commercial and residential complex and the new Tjuvholmen development, where the new Astrup Fearnley Museum is under construction amidst all the cranes.

The museum building and an adjacent office building behind it were designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and are due to open next year. The privately owned museum, which initially opened in the historic area behind Akershus in 1993, has a roof that appears to slope into the sea. The Tjuvholmen complex features offices, some of Oslo’s most expensive residential units, restaurants and art galleries, along with a new landmark tower still under construction as well. In the background to the left is the Bygdøy peninsula, home of several other Oslo museums such as those housing the Kon-Tiki and the Viking ships.

The Astrup Fearnley Museum offers changing international exhibitions and a permanent collection of Norwegian and international contemporary art. The building behind it will soon house the Oslo law firm BA-HR. Just behind it is the framework for what’s billed as being a new five-star hotel. Tjuvholmen is due for completion in 2014.

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