If you have a half day to spend in Oslo, look no further. Recently opened in Tjuvholmen, the capital’s most fancy area with lots of luxury restaurants, cafes and apartments. The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art is a a great place to visit, and definitely the most modern building the Norwegian capital can offer for the moment.
Great Modern Building at the tip of Aker Brygge area in Oslo
The fantastic building is designed by the 74-year old Italian architect Renzo Piano. “Art makes people better people,” says Piano, “and a place for art makes the city a better place to be.”
The Museum was opened first time in 1993, but the collection has a history that dates back to the 1960s. It is a privately owned museum in Oslo which collects and presents contemporary international art. Over the last decade, the Museum has concentrated on American contemporary artists, and most recently, the focus has been on works by important Japanese, Chinese, and Indian artists.
Located at Tjuvholmen in Oslo center area
The new location and the amazing new style make the museum look like a brand new one. Right on the waterfront, the museum takes the form of a vast glass sail that arcs over to envelop three timber buildings beneath, separated by a canal and terminating the dockside promenade in a consciously iconic swoop.
The museum makes use of mobile phone technology to broaden outreach and facilitate interaction with the collection. The museum organises three to four shows every year. Specially trained invigilators work in the exhibition spaces and offers the public information about the Museum, its collection, the exhibitions, artists, and artworks.
Located in a sculpture park along the waterfront of Oslo at Tjuvholmen it will embody the collection of the museum, temporary exhibitions as well as a café and a museum shop.
Tjuvholmen is a brand new seaside township in Oslo with innovative spaces for living, dining, shopping and experiencing fine art and culture. Here the new Astrup Fearnley Museum will allocate exhibition spaces in two buildings, one for the museum’s collection and one for temporary exhibitions. As the new space allows the Museum to present works from its collection on a permanent basis, artists such as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray, Richard Prince, Matthew Barney, Bruce Nauman, Robert Gober, and Cindy Sherman will be on permanent display right in the center of Oslo.
The redevelopment of Tjuvholmen – or “thief island” in English – is the latest part of Oslo’s ongoing Fjord City programme, which began with the transformation of the well-known Aker Brygge district in the 1980s, turning former shipyards into a mix of high-end apartments, restaurants, and offices. Already home to several independent galleries, it is hoped Tjuvholmen will become something of an “art island” in the city.
Welcome to a unique art experience at the waterfront of Tjuvholmen!