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Melgaard to meet mother in court

The 88-year-old mother of Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard has reportedly grown weary of disagreements with her son over money, ownership of art and a condominium in Oslo. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reports that the two, both armed with high-profile attorneys will now meet in an Oslo court, to settle alleged differences. “There has, for a […]

Opposition to Melgaard can be personal

Bjarne Melgaard is widely viewed as Norway’s leading contemporary artist, but he’s attracted strong opposition to his major project that would combine his art with his residence and workplace. Melgaard suspects the opposition is aimed more at himself personally than his controversial “House to Die In.” He’s not alone. “Bjarne can gladly be viewed as […]

Melgaard mellows on disputed ‘House’

After years of heated conflict, Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard seems more keen to come to terms with potential neighbours of his controversial “House to Die In.” A public exhibition of new plans for the house in Oslo shows “adjustments” aimed at accommodating neighbours, while Melgaard even is open to building it at another location. “You […]

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), […]

Melgaard’s ‘death house’ delayed

Artist Bjarne Melgaard faces more frustration in his efforts to build his controversial “House to Die In” near and even on parts of the former homesite of another Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch. Now Melgaard, who’s been working on the project with Oslo architecture firm Snøhetta, has been ordered to supply more information about it before Norway’s national Directorate for […]

Customs officials cleared to release Melgaard’s art

Finance Minister Siv Jensen stepped in for a second time on Tuesday to settle a conflict over what constitutes art, and whether Norway’s VAT should be slapped on a series of paintings created by Norwegian contemporary artist Bjarne Melgaard. Jensen determined that the tax should not apply, and that Melgaard’s art should be released by customs immediately. “Melgaard […]

Melgaard scoffs at neighbour protests

Controversial Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard has finally commented on the protests lodged by fellow artists who don’t want his House to Die In as their new neighbour. Melgaard summarily dismissed them all as a “a gang of losers” who should mind their own business. That’s exactly what they contend they’re doing, as they rally to […]

Ministry to liberate Melgaard’s art

UPDATED: Norway’s finance minister was promising late Friday to free 16 paintings by one of the country’s most prominent artists from the clutches of customs officers at Norway’s gateway airport (OSL Gardermoen).  They held up the arrival of the paintings by contemporary artist Bjarne Melgaard, claiming they didn’t qualify as artwork and that Melgaard would have to pay NOK 1.3 […]

Neighbours mount new protest over Melgaard project

Neighbours and fellow artists of Norwegian Bjarne Melgaard keep trying to halt construction of his controversial studio and residential property at Ekely in Oslo. Now they’re filing protests with Norway’s national historic preservation agency, Riksantikvaren, to protect their area from Melgaard’s encroachment. The protests began not long after Melgaard unveiled his project, called A House […]

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 […]