Violin sale led to big tax bill

It was no surprise that Norwegian performing artists like Kygo, Alan Walker and members of the legendary band a-ha would show up on the latest tax lists with substantial fortunes. The biggest fortune of them all, however, was held by 81-year-old violinist Arve Tellefsen. “I sold my violin for 80 million kroner,” Tellefsen explained to […]

‘Pre-plan’ emerges for National Gallery

After years of facing an uncertain future, state officials finally have a plan of sorts for Norway’s popular National Gallery in downtown Oslo. It will still be closed on January 13, when its art will start being packed up and moved to the new National Museum now under construction, but now it’s due to reopen […]

Artistic spat ends in ‘compromise’

A leading Norwegian art critic attacked the new head of Norway’s National Museum last week, claiming Karin Hindsbo “lacked competence” within both the art profession and management. Hindsbo had decided against buying a piece of art that critic Lars Elton deemed to be of great national importance, but now it will remain in Norway after […]

Munch lithographs snatched in Oslo

Police in Oslo released photos of two lithographs by famed Norwegian artist Edvard Munch on Thursday, revealing that they’d been stolen some time ago. They were reluctant to release details, but the owner’s insurance company is now offering a reward for their safe return. One of the two lithographs stolen is this rendition of Munch’s […]

‘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 […]

Pop singer Aurora strikes a chord

SPECIAL FEATURE: Aurora Aksnes is a 22-year-old Norwegian pop singer who’s been steadily gaining international popularity in recent years. Calla Duffield is a 14-year-old fan and aspiring journalist from College Station, Texas, who got a chance to interview the singer known simply as “Aurora” before a concert in Liverpool this summer. Here’s the unabashedly starstruck […]

Mullah Krekar appears in brown cheese

The annual and often controversial autumn art exhibition known as Høstutstilling has opened in Oslo again, where one piece of art is grabbing particular attention. It’s a bust of Norway’s most troublesome refugee, Mullah Krekar, sculpted from a block of brown goat cheese. Artist Ole Johan Aandal, age 58, claims his sculpture is meant to […]

Get a sneak peek of Munch’s new home

PHOTO FEATURE: Oslo’s new monument to Norway’s famed artist Edvard Munch has been rising on the city’s eastern waterfront at a rapid pace during the past year. Its vast and invaluable collection of Munch’s art can only be rivalled by the views from the top of the new high-rise museum, which itself is said to […]

City kills off artist’s ‘House to Die In’

Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard will have to find another place to build his “House to Die In.” Oslo politicians have finally turned down his plans to build his unusual house in the artists’ colony where Edvard Munch once lived and worked, but claim they hope his project can be constructed someplace else. “Preserving an open, […]

Duck and cover! Donald hits Oslo

Calls for even more diversity at the international football tournament Norway Cup this week were at least fictionally met with the arrival of the world’s most famous ducks. A recent issue of Donald Duck & Co, a comic book more popular in Norway than almost anywhere else, features Donald Duck and his triplet nephews’ debut […]