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Art break in Oslo

In a single day in Oslo, you can experience the work of ­Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero, Norwegian photographer Kåre Kivijärvi and ­Edvard Munch interpreted by Andy Warhol. The Oslo art scene is bigger and livelier than ever, and you can enjoy much of it alfresco.

Fantastic views over Oslo and the fjord from the Ekeberg restaurant. Photo: Didrick Stenersen / Visit Oslo

Ekebergparken

You wouldn’t imagine that Damien Hirst, Fernando Botero, James Turrell and Salvador Dalí had so much in common. But in Ekebergparken, not far from Oslo city center, property magnate Christian Ringnes has found a common denominator – the ­female form. Here in Ekebergparken, he has brought together works by famous and unknown international and Norwegian artists that in one way or another revolve around women. This magnificent and popular sculpture park also has a restaurant, Ekeberg­restauranten, that is worth a visit just for the views, food and beautiful functionalist architecture.

Ekebergparken

Kongsveien 23, Oslo

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Andy Warhol after Munch

In 1973, Andy Warhol visited Oslo to view Munch’s works at the National Gallery. Along with Henri Matisse, Munch was Warhol’s favorite artist and in 1983-84, Warhol created a series of paintings based on motifs from Munch’s lithographs. You can view these at Munch in Movement at Kunsthall Oslo from 26 May to 26 August. Kunsthall Oslo is an art space in Bjørvika that presents international contemporary art with an emphasis on new commissions.

Andy Warhol after Munch

Dronning Eufemias gate 34, Bjørvika

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Astrup Fearnley Museet

This museum opened in Oslo in 1993 and is ­supported by the Thomas Fearnley Foundation and Heddy and Nils Astrup. The museum has an important collection of Norwegian and international art, with works by Francis Bacon, Cindy Sherman and Damien Hirst. To celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, the museum will curate several smaller exhibitions ­featuring key artists in its collection.

Astrup Fearnley Museet

Strandpromenaden 2, Oslo

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Shoot Gallery

This gallery specializes in photography and displays the best of Norwegian and international photo art. The gallery also exhibits fashion photographers. Images by Norwegian photographers Dag Alveng and Tom Sandberg have been exhibited here, as have fashion photographers Sølve Sundsbø and Paolo Roversi. The gallery was designed by the Snøhetta architectural firm and is located in the Barcode district close to the Opera House.

Shoot Gallery

Trelastgata 17, Oslo

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Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design

The Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, which has the largest art collection in the country, is housed in an old building on Universitetsgata, not far from the royal palace. Here, you’ll find works by Norwegian artists J.C. Dahl, Thomas Fearnley, Tidemand and Gude and Harald Sohlberg. Highlights include The Scream and Madonna (Munch), Vinternatt i Rondane (Sohlberg) and Brudeferd i Hardanger (Tidemand and Gude).

Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design

Universitetsgata 13, 0164 Oslo

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Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

The Henie Onstad Art Center is beauti­fully situated along the Oslo Fjord to the west of the city. The building was donated by Olympic ice skating champion Sonja Henie and her husband, Niels Onstad, a ship owner and art collector. The center exhibits both modernist and contemporary art. In addition to the permanent collection, which includes works by Kåre Kivijärvi and Kurt Schwitters, the center hosts 6–7 temporary exhibitions each year.

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

Sonja Henies vei 31, Høvikodden

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Tjuvholmen Sculpture Park

Most people have heard of Frogner­parken, but the Tjuvholmen sculpture park is a recent arrival on the Oslo art scene. As the name indicates, it is situated on Tjuvholmen, close to Aker Brygge. Here you can view works by artists such as Anish Kapoor (who created Cloud Gate, aka The Bean, in Chicago) and Louise Bourgeois. If it’s a hot day, you can also take a dip at the new beach created here, or sip a cocktail in the rooftop bar of The Thief hotel.

Tjuvholmen Sculpture Park

Strandpromenaden, Oslo

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Last edited: July 4, 2018

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