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The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. Photo: Iwan Baan
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. Photo: Iwan Baan

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Press preview of The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design opens in Oslo on 11 June 2022. On Friday 3 June we welcome the press to a preview of the largest art museum in the Nordic countries. 

Register for the press preview by following this link.

The press preview starts at 10 am. There will be press conferences in Norwegian and in English. 

The National Museum

  • Opens in Oslo, Norway on 11 June 2022.
  • Established 2003-2005 with the merger of four museums from the fields of older and modern art, contemporary art, design and craft, and architecture.
  • The museum’s collection hold more than 400,000 objects.
  • The new building is designed by Klaus Schuwerk (Kleihues + Schuwerk).
  • Total area: 54,600 m2.
  • 13,000 m2 exhibition space. Almost twice as much as the museum’s former spaces, making it the largest museum in the Nordic region and bigger than museums such as Rijksmuseum and Guggenheim Bilbao.

The new National Museum will open with the following exhibitions:

The collection6,500 works from The National Museum's collection of older, modern and contemporary art, crafts, design, and architecture will be on display in 87 galleries. The exhibition includes fashion, glassware, porcelain, furniture, architectural models, paintings and sculptures. The collection spans from the antiquity up until the present day.  

I Call It ArtThe Light Hall, the large exhibition space at the top of the new museum, opens with an exhibition featuring 147 artists and groups of artist currently working in Norway. With works that address themes such as identity, belonging, nationality and democracy, I Call It Art is designed to stimulate debate about inclusion in, and exclusion from, art and society.

East of the Sun and West of the MoonThis exhibition, the first in museum’s exhibition space for prints and drawings, will present a selection of drawings made almost 150 years ago to illustrate Norwegian folk tales.

Fredriksen Family CollectionOne large room in the new National Museum is devoted to pioneering, international works of art from the past 100 years, including works by Simone Leigh and Georgia O'Keeffe.



Simen Joachim Helsvig

Simen Joachim Helsvig

Press contact Communications advisor +47 917 64 327
Ole-Morten Fadnes

Ole-Morten Fadnes

Press contact Senior Communications Advisor +47 932 56 211

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