Contemporary art on the move - The Museum of Contemporary Art closed 3 September 2017

The Museum of Contemporary Art closed 3 September 2017. The process of moving the collection of contemporary art to the new National Museum has begun.

The photo exhibition, “Snap”, and the vibrant presentation, “Hot Pocket” by Tori Wrånes, rounded off the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 27 years of exhibition activity, upon closing 3 September 2017.

Contemporary art in the National Gallery

Beginning in summer 2017 and continuing into 2018 it will be possible to explore contemporary art at the National Gallery. The exhibitions “Restless gestures. Works from the Hubert Looser Collection” and “Faithless Pictures” will fill the museum with works by well-known artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Contemporary art in the new National Museum

The collection of contemporary art comprises over 5 000 works: painting, sculpture, photographs, video-art and installations created by primarily Norwegian artists, including Anna-Eva Bergman, Leonard Rickhard, Bjarne Melgaard and Marianne Heske. The collection also includes works from international artists such as Mario Merz, Cindy Sherman, Ilya Kabakov, Louise Bourgeois and Isaac Julien.

Much of this collection will be displayed at the new National Museum. For the first time, contemporary art will be part of a collective exhibition along with design, decorative arts and early artworks, making it the largest, most important permanent exhibit of contemporary art in Norway.

The bright, expansive exhibition hall on the museum’s top floor will feature temporary exhibitions extending across nearly 3 000 m2.

What will happen to the art collections?

In addition to its exhibition-related activity, the National Museum is working on relocating collections from the existing museum buildings. Numerous works need to be carefully assessed, photographed and reviewed for conservation before they can be packed, moved into storage and subsequently transported to the new building. Relocating the National Museum’s collections from the current museum buildings is a huge undertaking and a large part of the preparations leading up to the opening of the new National Museum on the Vestbanen site in 2020.

Mellomstasjonen – a new arena for art

Heard about the artist conversation series “Kunstsnakk” (Let’s talk about art) at the Mellomstasjonen information centre? Norwegian artists and galleries take part in discussions on their artistic activities. It will be possible for the public to experience a wide array of exciting upcoming artistic, architectural and design projects in coming months.

Please join us for new encounters with art through exhibitions, artist conversations, breakfast seminars and workshops at Mellomstasjonen, the information centre for the new National Museum.