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Arts & Museums
Kunstnerforbundet Gallery is located next to the Town Hall and holds three contemporary art solo shows each month. Each show normally consists of work by two or three artists, within different media such as textiles, metal, lithography and drawings. There is also a daily sale of painting, graphic pieces and sculpture. This gem of a gallery has hosted upto more than 400 artists so far. A mecca for aspiring artists and local talent, Kunstnerforbundet Gallery's free admission policy does not fail to bring in crowds of art-enthusiasts.
The National Gallery contains a stunning collection of pre-war art. Many of Norway's most famous paintings are on permanent display here, such as Tidemand and Gude's Brudeferd i Hardanger and several paintings by Munch, including The Scream (known as Skrik) and Madonna. A smaller part of the museum is devoted to French painters like Delacroix and Picasso. In addition to the permanent collection the museum arranges regular temporary exhibitions as well as seminars. There is a small museum shop, where guests can purchase memorabilia.
This gallery primarily concentrates on older Norwegian and international art, in addition to contemporary figurative art. It is situated at less than a five-minute walk from Karl Johans Gate. If you fancy a bite during the short walk, you could consider a stop at Kaffistova, where the traditional menu perhaps complements the gallery's traditional profile.
Gallery Norske Grafikere is one of many galleries in Kvadraturen, more specifically, this lively area was the center of Oslo until the 19th Century. The gallery presents contemporary lithography and the art of print-making. There are about ten new exhibitions each year, and it is not a problem for the gallery to find artists for their numerous shows, as they are in possession of the largest collection of contemporary lithography in Norway.
The Museum of Cultural History focuses on the period from the last Ice Age (10,000 years ago) until the end of the Middle Ages. The earliest period is covered by archaeological findings. Lots of objects from the Viking age are also exhibited; the weapons, ornaments and different tools give an impression of the Vikings' days of prosperity. This museum is home to the Historical Museum, and it also manages the Vikings Ship Museum, both reflect Norway's glorious past. During the year there are also two or three temporary exhibitions.
The building, housing a humongous collection of artifacts reflecting Norway's history during the medieval and pre-historic ages, is internationally known as one of Norway's best examples of Jugend or Art Nouveau architecture. The museum houses galleries on ethnographic findings, antiques, mummies and coins. Each section will give you a new perspective on a different aspect of Norwegian culture. If you have an Oslo pass then admission is free.
This museum was opened in 1857 and has been part of the Historical Museum since 1904. The museum focuses on non-European cultures, and five different regions of the world have their own permanent exhibitions based on the museum's rich collections. There are also one or two temporary exhibitions every year. The library contains the largest collection of ethnological literature in Scandinavia.
Oslo Kunstforening / Oslo Fine Art Society is the oldest art exhibition space in Oslo, situated in the oldest building in Oslo (1626) in the Kvadraturen area. Oslo Kunstforening / Oslo Fine Art Society is a not for profit exhibition space, and its main goal is to support emerging Norwegian contemporary artists and present international artists that have not exhibited in Norway before. They arrange eight to nine exhibitions a year.
Tegnerforbundet Gallery is a rather busy gallery which aims to show Norwegian and international drawings. In addition to seeing temporary exhibitions, it is also possible to buy drawings from the various artists. The gallery has its own small library as well as an archive. During the year, there are 10-12 shows.
In contrast to many of the other galleries on Kongens gate, this gallery specializes in arts and crafts and is run by the artists themselves. The works shown belong to categories as diverse as textiles, metals, ceramics or glass. There are often opportunities for meeting the artists in the gallery.
This gallery is situated on Kongens gate, close to Akershus Fortress. Galleri RAM's main focus is on installations of all kinds. This art-gallery deals with art that is not stereotypical - in other words, boundaries are challenged and ideas are explored. RAM conducts a multitude of art shows specifically for children while also arranging workshops. In the neighboring area, many other museums and galleries also appear, and the popular Cafe Celsius is just around the corner.
Gallery Format focuses on contemporary art and crafts, in media as diverse as glass, ceramics, textile, metal and wood. Great designs, high prices. The gallery is located near the old, disused railway station Vestbanen, with the Tourist Information Center next door. To one side of the square, Aker Brygge attracts scores of shoppers. Rådhusplassen and Akershus Festning on the other side attract visitors with their recreational and historical value.