Norway’s Munch Museum plan attracts more criticism

Opera house director suggests full-size model to assess impact

COPENHAGEN. Opposition to the design of the proposed new Munch Museum on Oslo’s waterfront is increasing. Jørn Holme, the new head of the Norwegian directorate for national heritage, has joined the critics, saying that he dislikes the plan and could stop the project. “The new museum would be twice as high as buildings usually are in that area. It would disturb the visual experience of the part of [Oslo] where medieval and the later parts meet,” Holme told The Art Newspaper, adding that he expects to solve the problem in a dialogue with the city of Oslo. One option would be moving the museum to another site. In March, Spanish architecture practice Herreros won the competition to build the new museum. It is scheduled to open in 2014 on the waterfront, close to the Oslo Opera House.

Tom Remlov, general director of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, has indicated his opposition to the new building. “The proposed size and location looks set to affect our new opera [house] adversely. Due to its height the Munch Museum may be so dominant that it simply takes too much attention,” he told The Art Newspaper. Remlov suggests building a full-sized model of the planned museum to assess its visual impact.

“Ten billion Norwegian Krone ($1.7bn) have already been spent on the development of this reclaimed part of our city, and so the cost of making such a model is negligible by comparison; we are talking about a building that’s meant to last for centuries,” he told us.

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7 Jan 10
15:32 CET


Edvard Munch himself would have been strongly opposed to a high-rize museum blocking the view of the sea. When The city of Oslo decided to builg our present town hall which blocked the previous view of the sea, Edvard Munch said "The reason I like Oslo is that it could have been a nice place."

22 Dec 09
15:49 CET


No matter what the look and size of the museum, most these days are overblown sterile sculpture with no color or feeling, they had better build it at least ten feet(3M) above curretn sea level, as in fifty years all that will be under water. art collegia delenda est Save the Watts Towers, and tear down the Ivories.

22 Dec 09
15:48 CET


Why anybody would build a museum to Munch is beyond me. Severely over rated artist.

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