Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo

Oslo’s Take on the Art World

An insight into developments up north

We are always keeping our ear to the ground in order to stay up to date on any new developments in the art world. This is how we have recently come across an interesting new article in The Wall Street Journal discussing Oslo’s transformation into an exciting new art hotspot.

As the article stated, Norway’s Minister of Culture announced the country’s largest-ever budget for the engagement in the arts in October 2012. With this support system, many artists see themselves returning to the small capital of 600,000 inhabitants. Combined with the accessibility and the size of the city, the working environment has become very attractive for many artists who contribute to the creative energy of the city.

Following the article, Oslo’s new positioning in the art world is also visible in the investments in the city’s architecture. The Norwegian firm Snøhetta for instance designed the opera house. Nearby you can find the Astrup Fearnley Museum: The private museum, containing about 4,000 square-meters of exhibition space, is financed by investments of a shipping family and was built by Renzo Piano at the city’s fjord. Also, a new building for the National Museum opens in 2017.

Oslo, with its strong will to make things happen up north, seems to be following more established art capitals like Berlin and London. But this vibrant art scene still lacks Norwegian art collectors, as collecting contemporary art isn’t yet an obvious exercise for the young moneyed class. 

Why so? Click the link below to find out more.

Oslo Opera House
Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo

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