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Arts & Museums
Photo Gallery claims to be the only gallery in the city focusing exclusively on artistic photography. The exhibitions last one month each. Many acclaimed photographers and artists host their works of art in these very premises. Art-lovers, professional and curious locals, throng Photo Gallery for a sneak peak into the latest photographic art-works the world has to offer. In the in-house shop, you can buy postcards, books and magazines as souvenirs of this gallery.
Deprived of its finest gems, including the altarpiece by Eilif Petersen, a statue in carved wood and the silver cross decorating the pulpit, the church was abandoned within its lively frame of the Aker river, the Anker bridge and the heavy traffic on Hausmannsgate. On February 18, 2000, Jakob was re-inaugurated as a Cultural Church. The concept belongs to Kirkelig Kulturverksted, a small record label that publishes Norwegian crossover music in an open-minded and vaguely Christian vein. There are art exhibitions, live acts and so on, and it can also be rented for private arrangements.
As the national center for design, architecture and lifestyle, Norsk Form aims to be in dialogue with experts, authorities and the business community, as well as with the public. The temporary exhibitions give both a contemporary and a historical perspective on our own views about our surroundings. Lectures are also given on specific occasions during the season. Cafe Falsen offers tasty meals and refreshments.
The Museum of Decorative Arts & Design was founded in 1876 and shows Norwegian and international applied arts dating from the 7th Century to today. There is a good collection of Norwegian tapestries from the 16th to 17th Centuries, some of which are familiar to Norwegians as they have been used as motifs on Norwegian stamps. In addition to silverware, glass, ceramics and furniture, there is also a gallery that shows Norwegian royal clothes. Modern design can be seen on the top floor. There is a small but charming cafe by the entrance.
This gallery primarily concentrates on older Norwegian and international art, in addition to contemporary figurative art. It is situated at less than a five-minute walk from Karl Johans Gate. If you fancy a bite during the short walk, you could consider a stop at Kaffistova, where the traditional menu perhaps complements the gallery's traditional profile.
The National Gallery contains a stunning collection of pre-war art. Many of Norway's most famous paintings are on permanent display here, such as Tidemand and Gude's Brudeferd i Hardanger and several paintings by Munch, including The Scream (known as Skrik) and Madonna. A smaller part of the museum is devoted to French painters like Delacroix and Picasso. In addition to the permanent collection the museum arranges regular temporary exhibitions as well as seminars. There is a small museum shop, where guests can purchase memorabilia.
The aim of UKS Gallery is to show work produced by young artists. At least three young artists are given their debut showing here every year. The gallery has its own jury, which decides which artists should be picked. The young artists are not only from Norway, but also from a number of other countries.
Gallery Norske Grafikere is one of many galleries in Kvadraturen, more specifically, this lively area was the center of Oslo until the 19th Century. The gallery presents contemporary lithography and the art of print-making. There are about ten new exhibitions each year, and it is not a problem for the gallery to find artists for their numerous shows, as they are in possession of the largest collection of contemporary lithography in Norway.
Brudd is located on one of the major shopping streets in Grünerlkka, which is probably the busiest and most colorful part of the town. During the last decade, the area has proved to be very attractive to the younger population, and Brudd caters to a young crowd with its selective art and craft on display produced by atleast 20 artists at a time. The gallery concentrates on glass, jewelry, textiles and ceramics.
The Museum of Cultural History focuses on the period from the last Ice Age (10,000 years ago) until the end of the Middle Ages. The earliest period is covered by archaeological findings. Lots of objects from the Viking age are also exhibited; the weapons, ornaments and different tools give an impression of the Vikings' days of prosperity. This museum is home to the Historical Museum, and it also manages the Vikings Ship Museum, both reflect Norway's glorious past. During the year there are also two or three temporary exhibitions.
The building, housing a humongous collection of artifacts reflecting Norway's history during the medieval and pre-historic ages, is internationally known as one of Norway's best examples of Jugend or Art Nouveau architecture. The museum houses galleries on ethnographic findings, antiques, mummies and coins. Each section will give you a new perspective on a different aspect of Norwegian culture. If you have an Oslo pass then admission is free.
Film Museum is located in Filmens Hus (House of Film), together with other institutions related to the Norwegian film industry. The museum's goal is to give an insight into the history of Norwegian films and cinema. Some of the puppets from Norwegian director Ivo Caprino's animated films are exhibited here, and you can watch little snippets of Norwegian films. You can also visit the Kinematografteateret cinema, where historical films are shown non-stop. Call ahead to book a guided tour for your group.