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A new jewel box for Oslo

The new National Museum of Fine Arts in Oslo opened its doors on June 11th. It is Scandinavia's largest museum dedicated to art, architecture and design.

More than 6,500 works, from Antiquity to the most recent contemporary acquisitions, are presented in a space that extends over two floors and nearly 90 rooms. The building also includes a spectacular space for temporary exhibitions – the rooftop Light Hall – as well as cafes, a shop and the largest art library in the Nordic region. Located on the port of Oslo close to the promenade, the museum offers spectacular views of the city.

White Ships, 1908, watercolor over graphite, with gouache and wax resist, Brooklyn Museum
Le Musée National des Beaux-Arts d'Oslo. © Iwan Baan

Designed with the intention of housing works of art for centuries, the museum is built with sturdy materials that will age with dignity, such as oak, bronze and marble. The entire facade is covered with Norwegian slate. As a FutureBuilt pilot project, the new museum is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% compared to current building standards.

Soldats espagnols, ch. 1903, aquarelle sur mine de plomb, avec gouache, Brooklyn Museum
Claude Monet. Printemps à l'ile de la Grande Jatte. 1887. © Jarre, Anne Hansteen

The museum's collection contains approximately 400,000 objects ranging from medieval tapestries to modern design and contemporary works of art. Rooms will be devoted to the museum's extensive collection of works by Edvard Munch, including 'The Scream', 19th century landscape paintings, royal robes worn by the two Queens of Norway and an exhibition of works by famous Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn. Prominent artists on display include Harald Sohlberg, Harriet Backer, Theodor Kittelsen, Gustav Vigeland, Hannah Ryggen, Lucas Cranach, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Ida Ekblad.

Pêcheur majorquin, 1908, huile sur toile, Collection privée
Edvard Munch. Cendres. 1895 . © Børre Høstland/Lathion, Jacques

The total surface of the museum is more than 5 hectares with 13000 m2 of exhibition space.

Jean Faure (1865-1942)
Edgar Degas. Toilette du matin. 1890. © Høstland, Børre

Pb. 7014 St. Olavs plass

N–0130 Oslo

Tél: +47 21 98 20 00


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