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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
The Museum of Decorative Arts & Design was founded in 1876 and shows Norwegian and international applied arts dating from the 7th Century to today. There is a good collection of Norwegian tapestries from the 16th to 17th Centuries, some of which are familiar to Norwegians as they have been used as motifs on Norwegian stamps. In addition to silverware, glass, ceramics and furniture, there is also a gallery that shows Norwegian royal clothes. Modern design can be seen on the top floor. There is a small but charming cafe by the entrance.
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.
Kunstnernes Hus was built in 1930 by Norwegian architects Blakstad and Munthe-Kaas, and represents a central trend in Norwegian architecture. The four exhibition rooms are solely used for temporary exhibitions of Norwegian and international contemporary art. One of the greatest events of the year is the Annual National Autumn Show, where a jury selects the exhibitors in the show from artists (and would-be artists) from all over the country. At the entrance you will find the popular restaurant Arcimboldo, with a nice view of Slottsparken.
Photo Gallery claims to be the only gallery in the city focusing exclusively on artistic photography. The exhibitions last one month each. Many acclaimed photographers and artists host their works of art in these very premises. Art-lovers, professional and curious locals, throng Photo Gallery for a sneak peak into the latest photographic art-works the world has to offer. In the in-house shop, you can buy postcards, books and magazines as souvenirs of this gallery.
Henrik Ibsen's apartment, where the famous Norwegian author lived from 1895 until his death in 1906, has been restored and transformed into a museum. The study contains his original furniture and belongings, and the rest of the apartment has been restored to its original appearance. Throughout the year, The Ibsen Museum arranges lectures and theatrical performances, with a new program every spring and autumn. There are also temporary exhibitions. In order to gain entry to the apartment you must be on a guided tour. Tours begin on an hourly basis, and last for approximately thirty minutes.
This large museum opened in 1994, as part of the Oslo Municipal Art Collection. The permanent collections, mainly donated by Rolf Stenersen, included works by major Norwegian artists like Munch, Karsten, Fjell and Weidemann. Since then, work by other artists such as Amaldus Nielsen and L. Ravenberg has been added.
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.