Curator / Senior Curator – Department of Old Masters and Modern Art

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design is Norway’s largest museum, receiving around 650,000 visitors each year. We collect, preserve, exhibit, disseminate and research the nation’s largest collections of art, architecture and design. Our four museum buildings in Oslo run a varied programme of exhibitions, a number of which tour nationally and internationally. The National Museum currently has a staff of 150 with expertise in a range of fields.

We are currently preparing relocate from the present museum buildings to a new building at Vestbanen in 2020. With 55,000 m2 of floor space, the new National Museum will be one of the largest museums in Northern Europe. Its ambition is to inspire new generations of art enthusiasts. We wish to attract more diverse and broader audiences using approaches that are bold, playful, generous and educational.

The National Museum is committed to diversity and encourages qualified candidates to apply, regardless of age, gender, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The National Museum is an Inclusive-Workplace establishment.

The Department of Old Masters and Modern Art is responsible for managing and documenting the museum’s collections from antiquity to 1965 (concerning prints and drawings up to the present), and for making them accessible via exhibitions, the print room, publications and digital media.

The position involves particular responsibility for planning and realisation of exhibitions, collection work, and research and development work in the department’s field of expertise and activity, covering older and modern art. The successful candidate will also participate in projects and processes relating to preparations for the relocation to, the relocation itself, and the opening of the new National Museum. The position involves particular responsibility for the field of paper-based art (and possibly also photography prior to 1945), with primary emphasis on international material from the 20th and 21st centuries.



• Routine and specialist management of the collection of paper-based art including administrative and practical work with the collection, based on expert knowledge of the field, and related tasks in the print room

• Planning and realisation of exhibitions

• Further development of national and international networks, and external representation of the museum relevant to the field of specialisation

• Participation in departmental meetings, programming work and internal liaising

• Answering written and oral enquiries from visitors and researchers

• Making proposals to the museum’s purchasing committee

• The successful candidate will be allowed and required to conduct research and development work

• Other tasks as agreed with immediate superior



• A minimum of an MA in art history. For senior curator status, a PhD is required

• Proven expertise in the specialist field as described. A list of publications is to be submitted with the application

• A minimum of three years’ relevant museum experience

• Excellent written and oral presentation skills in Norwegian and English, and preferably another European language as well, such as French, Italian or Dutch (foreign applicants are expected to acquire Norwegian in an adequate time)

• Access to a broad international network in the field

• Good computer skills and an ability to keep abreast of relevant software developments


Personal qualities

• An ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and great flexibility

• An ability to enthuse others, to inspire team spirit, and to contribute to open debates

• A knowledge of and interest in collection work is essential

• Meticulousness, reliability and a capacity to get things done

• Good communications skills


We offer

• An exciting job

• Salary corresponding to government pay scale position code 1010 amanuensis, pay grade 55-68 (NOK 467,700–591,400) / 1011 førsteamanuensis, pay grade 61-70 (NOK 519,800–614,700)

• Good pension and social insurance

• Reasonably priced canteen

• Flexible working hours


Application deadline:



Key information:

Advertiser: Nasjonalmuseet

Ref. no.: nmfk2016/002

Percentage of full-time position: 100%


Number of positions: 1


Contact persons:

Nils Ohlsen

Director for old masters and modern art

(+47) 21 98 20 00


Miriam Nordgård

HR advisor – for assistance in registering CVs and applications

(+47) 90 29 59 98 – 21 98 20 00


For applying, send your CV and application to


Search criteria:

Field: Arts

Discipline: Research / Development

Role: Specialist coordinator / Consultant



Kristian Augusts gate 23,

0130 Oslo