The Library

Villa Stenersen
Photo: Annar Bjørgli/Nasjonalmuseet


Through the large gallery hall, a thick glass sliding door leads into the library.

Here, "the sky is drawn into the ceiling" with a blue colour that also fills the end wall.
The small fireplace is a gathering place with an armchair and a table with a mirror surface.

The pink walls create a contrast to the blue, and on reconstructed shelves, some of Stenersen's books stand are ready waiting to be read.

The desk in Art Deco style and the small round table are pieces of furniture the Stenersen family brought with them when they moved into the villa.

When you sit at the desk, the large window facing Holmenkollen is a new reminder to absorb the outside space in connection with the interior.

In this library there were artworks by Rolf Nesch, Ludvig Karsten, Arne Ekeland and Olav Strømme.

If you turn to the left, the entire doorway is filled with the view of the fjord and Ekely, where Edvard Munch lived.
When Stenersen, as an eighteen-year-old, went to visit the artist uninvited, it was the start of a friendship that lasted a lifetime. This friendship also became important for Stenersen's career as an art collector.

While the art was still hanging on the walls, Stenersen donated the collection to Oslo municipality in 1936. This is how he ensured that the collection was taken care of for posterity.

This became particularly important when the house was confiscated during the years of WWII, and the art was in danger of being destroyed or removed. Today, Stenersen's collection is managed by the Munch Museum in Oslo.