Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Oslo 2020

Oslo has been going from strength to strength in recent years. In 2008, the  Oslo Opera House quickly became an icon for the city with it's sloping, marble clad roof that visitors can walk up. In 2012, the Renzo Piano designed Astrup Fearnley Museum  of contemporary art opened in Tjuvholmen, an old dockyard in Oslo's central harbor. And in 2013, an eclectic collection of statutes dispersed through a forest was given to the city to establish the  Ekeberg Sculpture Park .

Oslo will take another big leap forward in 2020, when three new landmark buildings will open. Located a block from the City Hall, the new National Museum will be a new major sight in downtown Oslo. The over 6,000 works of art in the permanent collection will present Norwegian and European art from antiquity to the present, with Edvard Munch paintings being the biggest draw for tourists.

While the new National Museum will have one room dedicated to Edvard Munch, the new Munch Museum will need 12 stories to show some of the 28,000 art works that Edvard Munch donated to the city when he passed away. Located behind the new Opera House, the Munch Museum will be another major sight in Bjørvika, Oslo's new harbor side area. The video below shows an excellent preview of the new museum - click to full screen to see all the details.

The last of the new landmark buildings is the new Oslo Public Library, located directly across from the Opera House. It will make for an impressive start of the new Bjørvika area for those coming from the central railway station.

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