The National Museum is moving!

A massive 130,000 objects have to be moved before the new National Museum can open in 2020.

The National Museum’s collections include paintings, sculptures, drawings, works of applied art, design objects, architectural models and installations. They all have to be documented, conserved and carefully packed before being transferred to their new home in a pristine new museum.

Heading home to Vestbanen

The National Museum’s collections will be moved from five current locations to the new building at Vestbanen. More than 8,000 works of art, objects and models will be on public display in the new museum’s 91 exhibition rooms. Others will be safely deposited in internal and external magazines.

300 removal-van trips

The magazines at the new National Museum have 7,000 square metres of floor space, which, together with an exhibition space of 14,000 square metres, will be enough to accommodate most of our collection. A total of 300 transport trips will be needed to move the entire collection to its new surroundings.

Click here to read more about the National Museum’s specialist logistics staff!

Contemporary art on the move

The process of moving the National Museum’s collection of contemporary art to the new museum has begun. The last day the Museum of Contemporary Art will be open to the public is Sunday 3 September 2017.

The photo exhibition, “Snap”, and the vibrant presentation, “Hot Pocket” by Tori Wrånes, are rounding off the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 27 years of exhibition activity. Visitors are invited to come and experience the performances, installations, guided tours, concerts and much more from the museum exhibitions before the doors close for good on 4 September. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take an art break at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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.

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.

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.

And don’t miss the last chance to view contemporary art in the beautiful former central bank building in Oslo’s historic Kvadraturen area before it closes on 4 September. From 30 August to 3 September, the Museum of Contemporary Art is open from 11.00–20.00.