National Museum set to finally reopen

Norway’s new consolidated Museum of Art, Architecture and Design will finally open its doors in exactly one year, on June 11, 2022, after repeated delays and snafus. It’s been seven years since site preparation and construction began, and six years since some of its treasures disappeared from public view. The new art museum, which has […]

Billionaire art patron laid to rest

Tributes have been rolling in for weeks after Hans Rasmus Astrup, the shipping billionaire best known for being one of the world’s leading art collectors, died at his elegant farm east of Oslo in late April. He was hailed as a friendly and generous man who’d inherited part of a shipping empire and did very well […]

National Museum bought Gude painting

Norway’s National Museum has emerged as the buyer of a rare and spectacular landscape painting by Norwegian artist Hans Fredrik Gude. The price set a new record at an auction earlier this week. “We are incredibly glad that we bought this painting,” Karin Hindsbo, director of the National Museum, told state broadcaster NRK Friday night. […]

‘Sinnataggen’ back in place

Norway’s cherished statue of an angry little boy called “Sinnataggen” is back in its place in the Vigelands Park section of Oslo’s Frogner Park. The statue was vandalized again earlier this month, when someone tried to saw through the little boy’s left ankle. “We have received many messages from the public that they missed the […]

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 […]