The construction of Oslo's new National Museum has begun

National Museum of OsloThe construction of Oslo's new National Museum has begun, and the museum is currently the largest cultural building that is being built in Europe.

"We hope that it will have the same effect as the opera did. It is meant to become a museum that people can feel proud of identify with, even if they are not part of the so-called "cultural elite," says Audun Eckhoff, director of the National Museum.

The new museum will fill the lot of an entire block, and is located at the property of the former Vestbanen station, just next to the Nobel Peace Prize Center. When complete, it will be Oslo's largest signature building, and also rank as one of the largest museums in Europe at 54 000 square meters.

"The house is surprisingly humble to be so big. It will be visible, but subdued and in harmony with the environment," Eckhoff explains.

However, the museum will need its square footage, as it will have to make room for three art significant art collections: The National Gallery, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

An advantage of the new building will also be to experiment with new ways of displaying art, including digital tools.

"The original works are the heart of every museum. Digital tools will not interrupt those who wish to have the pure, contemplative experience of art. However, we have an opportunity now to seize the options available to us. We do not want several technical gadgets that interrupt the experience, but stimulate the audience to experience the art in new ways," Eckhoff tells Aftenposten.

The building will be completed in 2019.


Related Articles

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2015

The Norwegian Nobel Committe on Friday announced that it has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia, in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011...Read more...

Major Statoil contracts to Kvaerner Verdal

On behalf of the Johan Sverdrup licence, Norway's Statoil has awarded contracts for two Johan Sverdrup jackets to Kvaerner Verdal and Dragados Offshore S.A. The contract awarded to Kvaerner Verdal has a value of approximately NOK 1 billion...Read more...

NOK 100 million for global security challenges

In its proposal for the 2016 Fiscal Budget, the Norwegian Government is earmarking NOK 100 million for two new aid programmes targeting global security threats...Read more...

Fiscal budget for 2016 presented

Finance Minister Siv Jensen on Wednesday presented the proposal for the 2016 Fiscal Budget. A budget which she said promotes employment, growth and structural adjustment in the Norwegian economy...Read more...

Telenor announces intention to divest shares in VimpelCom

The Norwegian Telenor Group has announced its intention to divest all its shares in VimpelCom Ltd., where the company has an economic stake of 33 per cent...Read more...

Statoil enters UK licence for Alfa Sentral project

Norwegian energy provider Statoil has acquired First Oil’s 24% equity share in the UK licence for the Alfa Sentral field for USD 15 million...Read more...

Time for a Change - Ready to move on?

The Norway Post has published news and information in English from Norway since 1996. It’s time for a change ! The present owners and staff are approaching retirement, and are looking for someone to take over.     ..Read more...

Support for UN's work for a political soluton to the Syrian crisis

- It is crucial to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria. Norway is providing both political and economic support for the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, says Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende...Read more...

Football: Norway wins Women's EURO qualifier

Norway defeated Kazakhstan 4-0 in their Group 8 qualifier on Tuesday for the Women's EURO 2017 championships with two goals each for Ada Hegerberg and Emilie Haavi in Kazakhstan...Read more...

FMC Technologies wins new Statoil contract

On behalf of the Johan Sverdrup partnership, Norwegian energy provider Statoil has awarded an EPC contract for subsea equipment for the Johan Sverdrup project to FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS...Read more...

Support for refugee aid in Serbia and Macedonia

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende says Norway has granted NOK 60 million towards humanitarian assistance and refugee support efforts in Serbia and Macedonia...Read more...

Europa League: One win - one draw

Norwegian club Molde defeated Fenerbache of Turkey 3-1 in their Europa League match in Group A on Thursday...Read more...

New flood warnings for Southern Norway

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) has issued high alert flood warnigs for nine provinces in Southern Norway, due to extreme rainfall over the past several days...Read more...

Political change after local elections

The results from Monday's municipal elections shows that a political wind of change has blown over Norway. Tuesday morning it is clear that the Labour Party has advanced, particularly in the larger cities...Read more...

Cycling: Hagen wins Tour of Britain

Norwegian biker Edvald Boasson Hagen won Tour of Britain 2015, and became the first rider to win Tour of Britain twice...Read more...

Local News in Brief

Social Networking

Norwaypost Classifieds

Eidsvoll 200 year


Norsk Oljemuseum
Visit Dalen