New ‘MUNCH’ ready to receive its art

The long-awaited moving process from Oslo’s old Munch Museum to the brand-new museum simply called “MUNCH” is about to get underway. After lengthy delays, not all of them Corona-related, the new museum will finally open to the public this fall. “This represents a major milestone in Munch’s history,” Svein Olav Henrichsen, director of the Munch […]

Famed sculpture vandalized again

Someone has tried once again to saw through the ankle of Norway’s iconic bronze sculpture of an angry little boy in Oslo’s Frogner Park. This time, however, the vandals may have been captured on surveillance cameras. The small sculpture called Sinnataggen, which depicts a naked little boy having a temper tantrum, was attacked during the night […]

Munch gave museum some welcome PR

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch and his most famous work The Scream provided some welcome publicity for Oslo’s new but still-unopened National Museum last week. The museum’s press release about his “hidden graffiti” on its version of The Scream seemed to grab more attention around the world, though, than it did at home. Major newspapers like […]

Historic home finally gets some help

The elaborate and historic home of Norway’s famed violinist Ole Bull has been suffering from a lack of serious maintenance for years. Finally, after desperate pleas for renovation from contemporary violinist Arve Tellefsen among others, the government has come up with some funding to keep Bull’s villa from literally falling apart. “Ole Bull is one […]

Munch Museum opening delayed again

Norway’s new Munch Museum on Oslo’s eastern waterfront won’t open until sometime in the spring of 2021. Delays tied to the delivery of fire- and security doors, along with the Corona crisis, have forced the museum’s second postponement of grand opening ceremonies. “We understand that this is disappointing for many, also for us,” said museum […]

‘Let’s Twist again,’ like this summer

They’ve been lining up all summer, just to get inside Norway’s newest spectacular attraction: “The Twist” gallery at the Kistefos sculpture park for contemporary art. It’s a triumph for the park’s founder and patron Christen Sveaas, who has steadfastly invested millions to preserve a personal legacy and delight the public. Last Thursday was typical in […]

Museum acquires Thor Heyerdahl photos

The Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, dedicated to the life and work of Norwegian researcher and explorer Thor Heyerdahl, has taken over a huge collection of photos taken of Heyerdahl over a 25-year period. The photos offer unique insight into one the most internationally famous Norwegians. The nearly 5,000 photos were taken by Italian portrait photographer […]

Munch Museum’s opening postponed

Oslo’s new Munch Museum has long promoted a planned opening in early June this year, but now that’s been postponed. Officials at the City of Oslo, which officially owns the museum and its priceless collection of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s art, announced Monday that the museum won’t open until sometime this autumn. They blame delayed deliverance of […]

National Museum opening delayed

Norway’s new National Museum, still under construction on Oslo’s western waterfront won’t open next year after all. Delays in delivery of some critical “technical equipment” have forced museum officials to postpone the opening until some time during the spring of 2021. They’ve already been under criticism for closing the National Gallery portion of the museum […]

Bjørvika battle put on ice, for now

Oslo’s new city government wants to rezone the last remaining waterfront property at Bjørvika known as Sukkerbiten, to spare it from more building and keep it open to the public as a park. It marks a major, if conditional, victory for activists who strongly oppose plans to erect yet another “landmark” building in the area […]