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Published 16 September 2013

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Art in the Norwegian capital

Citylife, Oslo, Norway

A couple of lucky members of the Art Limited team traveled to Oslo to visit some exhibitions currently taking place in the bustling northern european town. In addition to beautiful places dedicated to the presentation of art to the public, the joyful atmosphere captivated us by its dynamism.

 - Munch 150 at the "Nasjonalgalleriet"
Preview thumbnail for artwork Munch 150 at the "Nasjonalgalleriet"
Preview thumbnail for artwork Picasso - Oslo. Art and Architecture in the Government Buildings
Preview thumbnail for artwork Terrasse Grims Grenka - Theatercafeen room
Preview thumbnail for artwork The docks of the Opera in the evening
Preview thumbnail for artwork Ida Ekblad at Contemporary Art Museum
Preview thumbnail for artwork Astrup Fearnley Museet
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Before you do anything else, if there is one event that you should not miss in 2013 it's the Munch 150 exhibition. It takes place in both the Munch museum and the National gallery and is the most complete retrospective ever presented on the work of Edvard Munch. There are more than 250 paintings and drawings selected from other museum collections and completed with loans of other work. Be warned though, it's a major event and it's very popular, opening hours are very strict and following the recent absurd thefts in Norwegian museums security is very tight. When you go allow yourself enough time.


At the "Arkitekturmuseet", "Picasso – Oslo", an exhibition on the collaboration between Pablo Picasso and the architect Erling Viksjö, has entrusted the Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar with the task of reproducing the sketches of the master on the walls of government buildings (H-block in 1958, et Y-bloc in 1969), you can also see reproductions of work by Kai Fjell, Tore Haaland, Inger Sitter, Carl Nesjar and Odd Tandberg. This exhibition contributes to the current debate on the future of the government buildings, which were designed and inspired by the new ideals on the role of art in public spaces, following the attack on the 22 July 2011.


In the same place, “Under 40. Young Norwegian Architecture 2013” is a fun exhibition that is interactive and dynamic and poses questions about the projects of the near future. Who are the most notable young Norwegian architects, and what is their status, both in their own country and abroad? This exhibition presents a selection of architects under the age of 40, their fields of interest, their methods and their work. Large scale installations, models, films, photography and illustrations give a complete overview of cutting edge practices and open out onto the future trends int Norwegian architecture.


In an adjacent building, you can visit the “The Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art”, apart from the permanent exhibitions you'll be able to see an temporary exhibiton by the young artist Ida Ekblad. Her approach is often described as spontaneous and intrepid. She creates installations, sculptures and collage-assemblies with fragments that she finds by the edge of the road and on building sites near work places. The discarded objects have apparently lost all value but regain a new meaning within her creations. She has used the museum as if it were her own studio and created more that 30 works on site.


At the "Astrup Fearnley Museet", ""Cindy Sherman - Untitled Horrors", one of the most influential artists of our time. She belongs to a generation who has redefined photography and its place in an increasingly visually oriented culture. Starting from the roles given to women in the photographs she has created accessible images that reflect the world we live in.
The exhibition concentrates on the worrying, disturbing and grotesque aspects of Shermans imagery. It contains work spanning her entire career.

Don't forget the Astrup Fearnley collection in the other wing of the building. Beginning from 1960, it focuses on the work of individual artists instead of movements or historical periods. It's objective is clearly the acquisition of major works in contemporary art that push the limits of art. You should be warned that some works may shock the more sensitive individuals.

If you have a little time, before leaving Oslo, head down the port and visit the unique architecture of the Opera, spend some time relaxing at the bar / restaurant, they both offer a magnificent view of the bay and the floating sculpture of "Monica Bonvicini - She Lies". Go discreetly to the bathroom, it's a unique experience ;-)


If you are staying a few days, we warmly advise that you stay at the "Grims Grenka" designed hotel in the center of Oslo. The 65 rooms of more than 20 meters squared are extremely well equipped with Jensen beds, Bang & Olufsen televisions, personalised light controls and lots of other surprises. Breakfast is composed of an unbelievably divers selection of foods. You can also head up to the roof lounge, the Q lounge or eat an exceptional meal of uncooked food served at the Madu.


As you walk through the streets you will see that there are things happening everywhere. Don't forget the Viking museum, the Nobel prize museum and lots more. Make a gastronomic pause at the "Theatercafeen" next to the National theater, it's an old quality brasserie with typical Norwegian dishes served by agreeable smiling waiters who thank you for your choices!

Oslo is a really enjoyable and dynamic town which offers numerous and magnificent cultural venues presenting major artistic events of international dimensions. The inhabitants and the services available fully meet the expectations that you might have. A revelation!
 - Picasso - Oslo. Art and Architecture in the Government Buildings
 - Terrasse Grims Grenka - Theatercafeen room
 - The docks of the Opera in the evening
 - Ida Ekblad at Contemporary Art Museum
 - Astrup Fearnley Museet

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