The collaboration agreement with Cecilie and Kathrine Fredriksen encompasses the establishment of a unique art collection with a focus on contemporary and modern art, several exhibitions in the Light Hall, and a research programme.

The collaboration has developed over time and will initially run for ten years.

Exceptional art

The collaboration will give the National Museum access to art that is not currently represented in the museum’s collection, including international works from the post-war period and the present. The Fredriksen Family Collection is made available to the National Museum on long-term loan. Works will be exhibited in the new National Museum, in a room dedicated in memory of the Fredriksen sisters’ mother, Inger Katharina Astrup Fredriksen (1950–2006).

“Our interest in art comes from our mother, Inger Katharina Astrup Fredriksen. She was a passionate and skilful art collector who shared her enthusiasm with us from an early age. Descended from the Astrup family, she collected a lot of Nikolai Astrup, in addition to paintings by prominent English and Scandinavian artists. The collaboration with the National Museum allows us to cherish and continue her passion and generosity, so that even more people out there can share and experience the world of art,” says Kathrine Fredriksen.

Exhibitions and research

Together, the National Museum and Fredriksen will also develop a series of exhibitions, “The Fredriksen Commissions”. The idea is to fetch international artists to Norway to create unique, site-specific exhibitions in the Light Hall at the new National Museum.

Fredriksen will also help the National Museum to become a research institution of international calibre. The intention of the agreement is to develop a doctoral programme in collaboration with one or more centres of higher education, with funding from Fredriksen.

  • The agreement was confirmed in summer 2019.
  •  It encompasses the establishment of a unique collection of modern and contemporary art, several major exhibitions in the Light Hall, and a research programme.
  • Artists already purchased for the Fredriksen collection include Marlene Dumas, Agnes Martin, Philip Guston, Eva Hesse, Kerry James Marshall, Yayoi Kusama, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Julie Mehretu, and Bruce Nauman.


Ole-Morten Fadnes
Interim Director of Communications
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