News ID: 322143
Published: 0236 GMT June 08, 2022

Norway opens new art museum complex in Oslo

Norway opens new art museum complex in Oslo

Norway will open its new $650 million National Museum to the public on Saturday, unveiling a vast permanent exhibition of art through the ages that puts it on a par with some of the world's greatest museums.

Designed by German architect Klaus Schuwerk, the large, boxy building complex on the Oslo waterfront took eight years to complete and brings together the collections of five Norwegian art and design museums under one roof, Reuters reported.

With 13,000 square meters of exhibition space and 6,500 artworks permanently on display, including Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’, the museum will be the largest in the Nordic countries and in the same league as the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, or the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Built with materials intended to last for centuries, the museum’s buildings are decked in blue-grey local slate and crowned with a translucent Light Hall which is covered in glass and marble.

Designed to maximise energy efficiency and minimise greenhouse emissions, the museum is heated and cooled by water from the Oslo fjord on its doorstep.


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