As early as this summer, visitors can enter the building for early access guided tours.
“We are inviting visitors to join us and have a look inside while the art is being mounted and the museum is taking shape,” says Karin Hindsbo, Director of the National Museum.
Organised, prebooked tours free of charge will be available as soon as local coronavirus restrictions are lifted, thus allowing visitors into selected parts of the interior, including exhibition rooms and the exterior of the brand new building designed by Kleihues + Schuwerk.
With the new National Museum, Norway gets a unique space for the country’s most extensive collection of art, architecture and design. More than 5000 works, from the antiquity to the museum’s most recent contemporary acquisitions, will be on display in a collection exhibition that spans two floors and almost 90 rooms. The building also includes a spectacular space for temporary exhibitions – the Light Hall situated on the roof – as well as a large open-air roof terrace, cafés, a shop, and the largest art library in the Nordic region. Situated on Oslo’s harbour close to the promenade, the museum is centrally located and offers spectacular views of the city.
The museum is designed by German architects Kleihues + Schuwerk and built by Norway’s government building commissioner Statsbygg. Designed with the perspective of housing artworks for centuries, the museum is built with clean and robust materials that will age with dignity, such as oak, bronze and marble. The entire facade of the museum is covered with Norwegian slate. As a FutureBuilt pilot project, the building is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% compared to current building standards.
On permanent display works from all the National Museum’s various fields – older and modern art, architecture, design, craft and contemporary art – will meet and interact in new contexts.
The museum’s collection holds around 400,000 objects ranging from medieval tapestries to modern design classics and contemporary artworks. There will be rooms dedicated to the museum’s significant collection of works by Edvard Munch, including «The Scream», 19th century landscape painting, royal gowns worn by Norway’s two queens, and a display of works by renowned Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn. Prominent artists on display will include Harald Sohlberg, Harriet Backer, Theodor Kittelsen, Gustav Vigeland, Hannah Ryggen, Lucas Cranach, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Ida Ekblad.
For the opening, the Light Hall will be filled with an extensive survey of new Norwegian Contemporary art featuring almost 150 artists and artist groups of all ages and covering all the museum’s fields.