Still no money to repair Viking Ships

Officials at the University of Oslo’s Museum of Cultural Heritage have been disappointed once again after the government’s revised state budget still provided no funding for its efforts to keep Norway’s famed Viking Ships from literally falling apart. “We are extremely surprised and disappointed that the government hasn’t found place in the budget to take […]

Postal service issues new Vigeland stamps

Norway’s postal service has issued two new stamps to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, the man behind all the statues in Oslo’s Vigeland Park at Frogner. Two of Vigeland’s most iconic sculptures were chosen for the stamps, with the angry little boy called Sinnataggen adorning a stamp for postage […]

Norway hails its sculptor Vigeland

Gustav Vigeland, billed as Norway’s greatest and most prolific sculptor, would have turned 150 on Thursday, and that’s not going unnoticed in his homeland. Oslo’s Vigeland Museum is at the center of wide-ranging, national celebrations aimed at highlighting new perspectives on the man and his art, whose sculptures still attract more than a million visitors every […]

Royals firm up ties to Chile and Easter Island

Salmon wasn’t the only thing on the menu during the Norwegian royal couple’s state visit to Chile that ended over the weekend. In addition to controversially opening doors for more Norwegian salmon-farming players in Chile, they came bearing gifts and oversaw the pending return of items taken from Rapa Nui (Easter Island) during Norwegian explorer […]

Viking ships seem saved after all

Norway’s newly expanded government has specifically mentioned in its new platform that a new museum to house the country’s famed Viking ships will indeed be built. There’s still been no specific funding allocation for the project, but University of Oslo officials are relieved. “We’ve known for a long time that we have to do something […]

National Gallery draws thousands before closing

Lines have been forming outside Norway’s popular National Gallery, with fans keen to visit one last time before it closes on January 13. Its collections that include many of the country’ most cherished paintings will be moved to the new National Museum, due to open in 2020. “The huge interest is likely a combination of […]

‘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 Museum to stay open until move

Oslo’s Munch Museum in the Tøyen area of Oslo will remain open through all of next year and right up until its art is moved to its new museum building due to open in June 2020. “It’s extra important for us to stay open when the National Gallery closes its doors in January,” said the […]

No funding for Viking ship repairs

Norway’s conservative government failed to earmark any additional funding in this year’s state budget to bolster the country’s famed Viking ships. Signs of deterioration were found on both the Gokstad and Oseberg ships last summer, and calls have gone out for immediate repairs. The hulls of both ships started to sag last summer. Experts at […]