Major Harald Sohlberg exhibition at the National Gallery in the National Museum of Norway

Press Releases   •   Sep 14, 2018 13:22 BST

Harald Sohlberg’s famously " Winter Night in the Mountains" has captivated viewers for over a century now. This autumn, the National Museum will display around sixty of the artist’s most famous paintings, in addition to a number of drawings, sketches, and prints. We invite the media to a preview in the exhibition , 27 Sept. at 11:00 a.m. To register, contact

New book and exhibition in the National Museum about the world’s most important room - The Security Council Chamber.

Press Releases   •   Jun 12, 2018 09:04 BST

Norwegian architecture, design, and works of art inform the room where some of the most critical decisions of our time are made, namely the Security Council Chamber at the UN Headquarters in Manhattan, which will now be the focus of a new book and exhibition. Advance viewing and book presentation for the press: Wednesday, 13 June, 11:00, the National Museum – Architecture, Bankplassen 3.

​Invitation to a press viewing of “Gerhard Munthe. Enchanted Design” in the National Gallery

Press Releases   •   May 28, 2018 12:56 BST

Time: Wednesday, 6 June, 11:00 a.m. This summer, the National Gallery will be used to showcase over 230 works of design and decorative art by Gerhard Munthe (1849–1929). Munthe was one of Europe’s foremost Art Nouveau artists around 1900, and his Viking-inspired imagery and vibrant colours resonate today as well. To attend,please contact Press Manager Elise Lund (

​Museum Work exhibition featuring Dag Erik Elgin at the National Gallery.

Press Releases   •   May 07, 2018 08:10 BST

This summer, visitors will be treated to a surprising and somewhat unusual exhibition on the first floor of the National Gallery. Artist Dag Erik Elgin paitings will be showcased in a dialogue with some of the National Museum’s most famous works of art. The exhibition opens 25 May, and the press are invited to a preview on Wednesday, 23 May, upon request. Museum Work will run until 9 September.

​ A new exhibition at the National Museum – Architecture asks: What characterizes good housing?

Press Releases   •   Apr 26, 2018 14:33 BST

Do Oslo’s first-time homebuyers and other house hunters get the quality they pay for as they try to find a home of their own? Have houses and flats gone from being a home to being an investment? Do current housing policies make good housing affordable for people with normal incomes? These are some of the questions the “House Viewing” exhibition, which opens on 27 April, tries to answer.

​Exhibition on Le Corbusier’s new direction as an artist and architect

Press Releases   •   Apr 20, 2018 13:52 BST

Villa Stenersen, which is one of the National Museum’s exhibition venues, will show the exhibition “Le Corbusier by the Sea” from 5 May. The exhibition will explore Le Corbusier’s work as an artist in the period 1926–36 by presenting reproductions of his most important paintings, sketches and drawings. Press preview, 3 May, at 11 a.m. To register, send an e-mail to

​The Grosch Medal 2018 awarded to Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter MNAL

Press Releases   •   Mar 20, 2018 09:14 GMT

The National Museum invited the press to attend the award ceremony of the Grosch Medal 2018. The ceremony took place on Thursday, 15 March at 5 p.m. at the National Museum - Architecture. In connection with the award, an exhibition of the prizewinners’ work will be shown in The Vault.

Another Generosity. Nordic Pavilion 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia

Press Releases   •   Mar 13, 2018 09:00 GMT

The co-commissioners of the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice architecture biennale are proud to announce that the Finnish architect Lundén Architecture Company has been chosen to design the Nordic contribution to the 2018 International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. Eero Lundén’s proposal, entitled Another Generosity, explores the relationship between nature and the built environment. The goal is to explore new ways of making buildings that emphasise the delicate but often invisible interactions between the built and natural worlds.

The Nordic pavilion, designed by Sverre Fehn in 1962, celebrates nature’s different phenomena: light, sound, materials bringing them together to form a unique architectural experience. The 2018 installation in the Nordic pavilion will build on the context created by Fehn and ask how we see ourselves in relation to nature today. The project is still in development, but aims to create an immersive experience for visitors and a place for meetings and dialogues throughout the biennale.

The project is commissioned jointly by the directors of three museums: Juulia Kauste from the Museum of Finnish Architecture, who is taking the lead this year; Nina Berre from the Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and Kieran Long from ArkDes, the Swedish National Centre for Architecture and Design.

Eero Lundén said: ”With today’s mounting environmental challenges, we have the responsibility to restore the balance between the built and natural environment. Architecture as our most fundamental technology needs to be reinvented and, as architects, we must consider who or what we are building for. What is the worldview behind the buildings we create?”

Juulia Kauste, director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, said: ”Eero is part of an exciting new generation of Finnish architects with the ambition to question the fundamental role of architecture in the 21st century. I am confident he will bring a freshness and intellectual depth to his project, and create an unforgettable experience for biennale visitors.”

The Venice architecture biennale 2018 opens to the public on May 26th, 2018 and closes on November 25th.

Background and commissioners’ approachThe International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice biennale is the largest and most important exhibition of architecture in the world. The Nordic pavilion (designed by Sverre Fehn, completed 1962) was built in the biennale gardens as a place where art, and later architecture, from Norway, Sweden and Finland could be displayed at the biennale.Eero Lundén’s 2018 project will be the first of a reenergised collaboration between the directors of the three museums who are co-commissioners of the pavilion.

The biennale has transformed in recent years, moving away from exhibitions representing individual buildings or architects’ bodies of work, towards an engagement with the social, political, environmental and economic forces shaping cities across the world. This can be seen as a generational shift, away from ’starchitects’ and towards a politically engaged, technologically literate and collaborative architectural culture.

The three museums have the ambition to make the Nordic Pavilion a platform for compelling research, creativity and polemic in the field of architecture. We also want visitors to the pavilion to experience the most exciting ideas about architecture emerging from the Nordic region. From this year on, each institution will in turn select a single practitioner or team to drive the content of the pavilion. Those could be architects, researchers, curators or others with a special contribution to architectural culture. The three commissioners will support the development of the projects, but will allow the participants to advance their own arguments freely, without curatorial filters.

The Nordic Pavilion is a unique collaboration between three great museums, and we are deepening that collaboration in 2018. Over a six-year period, the focus of the Nordic Pavilion will shift from Finland, to Norway, to Sweden, to ensure equal representation of the countries. But the aim of the commissioners is to support the best practitioners to make the best possible work.

All three museums will collaborate every year in helping to fund the project, providing curatorial support, and ensuring the Nordic context is part of the participants’ work. This year, the museums will also host research seminars with Eero Lundén’s team in Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo to that end.

We believe the clarity of this new approach will help practitioners like Eero realise projects in the pavilion that the whole Nordic region can be proud of and that will be memorable for visitors.

Lundén Architecture Company. Eero Lundén was born in Turku, Finland in 1982. He founded Helsinki-based Lundén Architecture Company in 2008. Focusing on the development and innovation of the built environment, architecture and urbanism, the practice engages with contemporary spatial challenges and aims to develop new ideas that envision the future of the built environment.

The office’s approach is shaped by the experiences of over 60 projects to date. Their projects range from small 15m2 experimental pavilions, buildings to 300 000m2 master plans. They have a diverse base of clients ranging from public sector parties and institutions to companies and private clients. Their collaborative design approach involves leading experts, architectural offices and consultants from a range of professional fields in different parts of the world: public, private, academic and third sector organizations. The office has also been successful in competitions, most notably the new Tampere Travel and Service Centre and Pieksämäki Hiekanpää School Campus. Other strategic development projects include the new airport concept, AiRRport and the revitalization of Töölönlahti Bay. At Lundén Architecture Company, the internationally diverse team shares one vision – to produce high-quality and innovative solutions.

Eero Lundén earned a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, New York after graduating as an architect from Oulu University. He has taught at several universities in Finland as well as abroad. Since 2015, he has been a teacher in the Urban Renewal Studio at Aalto University. In 2012, Eero, together with Toni Österlund, received the Reima Pietilä Award. Eero is a member of the Royal Society of Arts, UK.In his work as architect, Eero Lundén aims to imagine and create the future of built environments, from building technology to the relationship between cities, people, and society.Website: Website:

The commissioners

Museum of Finnish Architecture MFA, located in downtown Helsinki, MFA is the second oldest architecture museum in the world. We collect and distribute information about architecture and its role in modern society. The museum has unique knowledge and an inimitable archive to draw upon. MFA is a centre for exhibitions, events and research as well as a forum for discussion focused on tomorrow’s architecture and our shared urban future.

ArkDesArkDes is the Swedish national centre for architecture and design, located in central Stockholm. The museum holds a large collection of modern Swedish architecture, and is a place of exhibitions, events, research, debate and discussion about architecture and design. ArkDes is also a government authority with a unique mandate to give advice and carry out research on the future of Swedish cities.

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and DesignThe National Museum holds, preserves, exhibits, and promotes public knowledge about, Norway's most extensive collections of art, architecture and design. The main emphasis of the architecture collection is modernism, with particular focus on the inter-war years. A new joint building for the National Museum is planned for opening in 2020 and currently under construction. The National Museum – Architecture will continue in its current locations at Bankplassen 3 (Sverre Fehn 2008), though the rest of the National Museum's collections will be moving to the new museum. Architecture will also be a part of the exhibitions of the new National Museum, opening in 2020.

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The co-commissioners of the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice architecture biennale are proud to announce that the Finnish architect Lundén Architecture Company has been chosen to design the Nordic contribution to the 2018 International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. Another Generosity, explore new ways of often invisible interactions between the built and natural worlds.

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​“Faithless Pictures” discusses the complicated relationship between image and reality over the past four decades.

Press Releases   •   Jan 22, 2018 11:07 GMT

Until the new National Museum opens in 2020, the National Gallery will also be showing contemporary art. The “Faithless Pictures” exhibition, set to open on 9 February. From Vibeke Tandberg and her staged portraits of herself as a young bride, Hito Steverts search for the past as brothelmodell, to Alfred Jaar’s non-photo about Osama Bin Laden’s death and Mike Bouchet’s pornofragments.

New exhibition in the National Gallery: “Restless Gestures. Works from the Hubert Looser Collection”

Press Releases   •   Jun 13, 2017 09:35 BST

This year's exhibition program in the National Gallery has been devoted to American art. First in line was the exhibition  “ The Great Graphic Boom”, which focused on prints and graphic art. This will now be followed up by “Restless Gestures. Works from the Hubert Looser Collection”, which present paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints made by some of the twentieth century’s most acclaimed artists. Media are invited to a special preview on Thursday, 22 June, at 11 a.m. Hubert Looser will be present during this showing.

This summer, the new exhibition “Restless Gestures. Works from the Hubert Looser Collection” will be shown at the National Gallery. The exhibition gives visitors the chance to see works by some of the most renowned artists of the twentieth century, such as Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Arshile Gorky, David Smith, Agnes Martin, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, Sean Scully, Brice Marden, and Rebecca Horn. These are artists who are rarely on display in Norway and who are hardly to be found in Norwegian collections.

The nearly fifty works being shown at the exhibition stem primarily from the collection owned by the Swiss businessman and philanthropist Hubert Looser, a collection that is regarded as among the finest private ones in Europe. Acquired over the span of forty years, the Hubert Looser Collection focuses mainly on surrealism, abstract expressionism, minimalism, and arte povera. Select parts of the collection have now been donated to the Kunsthaus Zürich, where they will become available to the public from autumn 2020. To provide a local context, the current exhibition will also display a handful of related Norwegian works culled from the National Museum’s own holdings.

The “Restless Gestures” exhibition at the National Gallery explores how highly divergent views on an artist’s gestures have been instrumental in shaping certain important isms and movements from 1930 until the present day. The word “gesture” is often associated with symbolic actions, but in this context the term refers to the artist’s physical actions when encountering the work.

Organized in four chapters, the exhibition shows how different ideas about artistic gestures helped inform surrealism, abstract expressionism, minimalism, and lastly also abstract art from more recent times. The narrative begins with the doodling gestures found in David Smith’s surrealist drawings, before continuing with the violent brushstrokes that typified the abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning. Via the minimalists’ attempts at eradicating all trace of any physical gesture, as exemplified by Ellsworth Kelly, the exhibition ends with works by Cy Twombly and Al Taylor, where tell-tale signs of the artist’s hand set up poetic, enigmatic, and witty narratives about everything from mushrooms to dogs answering the call of nature in Montmartre.

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Curated by Ingvild Krogvig, “Restless Gestures.

Works from the Hubert Looser Collection” is the first exhibition the Museum of Contemporary Art will be holding at the National Gallery during the transition to the new National Museum complex, set to open in central Oslo in 2020. The exhibition will run at the National Gallery from 23 June 2017 to 7 January 2018 and will be accompanied by a catalogue.

Artists from the Hubert Looser Collection: Serge Brignoni, Anthony Caro, John Chamberlain, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, Rebecca Horn, Roni Horn, Ellsworth Kelly, Lenz Klotz, Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman, Kurt Seligmann, Sean Scully, David Smith, Richard Serra, Al Taylor, Cy Twombly and Fabienne Verdier.

Artists from the National Museum’s holdings: Anna-Eva Bergman, Bjarne Rise, Jacob Schmidt, Fredrik Værslev and Jakob Weidemann.

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This summer and fall some of the most famous names in American art, will fill the National Gallery. “Restless Gestures. Works from the Hubert Looser Collection”, will show paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints made by such as Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Arshile, Agnes Martin, Ellsworth Kelly and Richard Serra. Preview 22.6 at 11 a.m. Looser will be present during this showing.

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