Oslo Culture Night celebrates 15th anniversary

It’s the only night of the year when residents can gain access to special and historic buildings, enjoy museums that stay open late or take part in lots of special events from walking tours to street festivals. Oslo Kulturnatt (Oslo Culture Night) is also celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, and it’s all free. Kulturnatt […]

‘Last hurrah’ for the National Gallery

It’s perhaps only fitting that the artist behind Norway’s “national painting” of a mountain in Rondane is featured in what will be the last exhibition at the National Gallery in Oslo for a very long time. When the Harald Sohlberg exhibition that opens this weekend closes on January 13, the National Gallery will close as […]

A touch of Miami in the heart of Oslo

PHOTO FEATURE: As Oslo sweltered through yet another uncharacteristically hot day on Tuesday, the newly developed area along the fjord at Tjuvholmen took on distinctly un-Norwegian characteristics of its own. Bikinis have replaced bunads this summer as overheated locals throw themselves into the water, while huge cruiseships and lots of pleasure boats loom in the background. […]

New light shines on historic fortress

At the darkest time of the year in Norway, the country’s defense establishment has finally been able to shine some new light on the historic Akershus Fortress and Castle in Oslo. After a major renovation project, the fortress perched above the capital’s inner harbour is now literally in the spotlight. Norway’s new defense minister, Ine […]

Viking ships lose out to Munch

Two of Oslo’s most traditional tourist attractions, the Viking Ship Museum and Norwegian Folk Museum at Bygdøy, are reporting declines in their numbers of visitors. Summer crowds this year seem to be spending their time instead at the special exhibits celebrating the 150th birthday of famed Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported […]

New museum seeks new funding

As Oslo’s new Astrup Fearnley Museum launched its first new exhibit since it re-opened in a new landmark location on the waterfront last year, its leaders were hoping for new funding from the state. For the first time since the museum opened 20 years ago, it’s applied for NOK 7 million in state support because […]

State steps in with Munch support

After years of quarreling among city officials over construction of a new Munch Museum, the state is finally stepping in with an offer to share costs. The move by Culture Minister Hadia Tajik may end the conflict and get the project back on track. Newspaper Dagbladet reported Wednesday that the state government will offer financial […]

Munch celebration gets underway

After months, even years, of planning, quarreling and funding worries, Norway’s cultural elite gathered in Oslo Wednesday to kick off a year of celebrations to mark the 150th birthday of the country’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch. King Harald was among those attending the festivities at the Oslo City Hall. City officials still haven’t been […]

Munch celebrated amidst quarreling

Norway’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch, would have turned 149 years old on Wednesday. He’ll be the subject of a local jubilee for the next 12 months, in the run-up to his 150th birthday, despite disappointing funding for it and Oslo politicians’ failure to agree on a new museum to house his priceless works. The […]

A peek inside Vigeland’s home

Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland lived and worked in the Oslo museum bearing his name for nearly 20 years, and the entire building underwent extensive refurbishment this year. His apartment remains as he left it when he died in 1943, and the museum occasionally offers guided tours. Views and News seized a recent opportunity to have […]