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 from more traditional musuems. They included among 17 new museum buildings around the world in the exhibit in Geneva entitled “New Museums – Intentions, Expectations, Challenges.”
The exhibit at Geneva’s Museum of Art and History (MAH) highlights how new museums aim to fit into their environments and relate to their public. Oslo is a small town by international standards, making it all the more impressive that not just one but two of the projects emerging in Oslo were selected for their sustainability and how they fit into their surroundings. Other museums now on exhibit themselves include the Kurdistan Museum in Erbil, Iraq and the Zeita Museum of Contemporary Art in Capetown.
The new Munch Museum was cited for its escalators behind a glass facade and unusual exterior shape, whle the new National Museum was lauded for fitting into the neighborhood while having its own profile. Both are due to open around 2020.