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Renzo Piano-designed Astrup Fearnley Museum opens in Oslo

The private collection is one of the first cultural institutions to move into the city’s redeveloped waterfront

The new Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo, designed by Renzo Piano (Photo: Nic Lehoux)

Norway’s most well known private museum, the Astrup Fearnley in Oslo, opens in new Renzo Piano-designed premises on 29 September. “The [expanded] exhibition space finally gives us the ability to show a broad selection of our collection permanently”, says the museum’s director Gunnar Kvaran.

The opening show “To Be With Art Is All We Ask” is drawn entirely from the collection and includes works by Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman and others. Starting next year, the permanent collection display will be accompanied by temporary solo shows.

The museum building is located on the Oslo waterfront, within walking distance of the city hall. It is fully financed by the developer of the Tjuvholmen area, Selvaag Gruppen AS and Aspelin-Ramm Gruppen AS.

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15 Oct 12
15:15 CET


... two days after the opening. A Colosseum full of window pot plants, a great room of white, sunlight filled the scene as we entered this newest museum in Oslo. About the walls hung huge paintings, some engraved on marble, others on wood, none of which even stirred the mind. And after finding our way from floor to floor, we came to the conclusion that we could be moved by nothing here. A black and white photograph by a Norwegian artist was the only surface that conjured up a sense of quality and beauty, not that that was our criteria in entering this newly opened Hall of Vulgarity(banality).

8 Oct 12
15:31 CET


Bravo Mr. Piano, another great work of art by your hand

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