Temple ideas

The National Museum by Kleihues + Schuwerk Architects, a temple between classic and contemporary in Oslo

Inaugurated in June 2022, the complex brings together under one roof works of old, modern and contemporary art, architecture, design, crafts and fashion, previously housed in other places in the capital (Galerie National Museum, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Architecture). The project, winner of an international competition launched in 2009, met the requirements of the notice of competition, which explicitly affirmed the need to expand the exhibition spaces of the “collection” (400,000 works of the rich Norwegian cultural heritage spanning 3,000 years), to provide suitable spaces for the conservation and storage of works not exhibited, and to promote flexible use of spaces in order to bring an ever larger number of users closer to the knowledge of art. The result is a 54,600 m² complex with 13,000 m² of exhibition space housing 6,500 selected works from the collection – exhibited “in rotation” in 86 rooms over two floors – as well as several rooms for temporary exhibitions of Norwegian and international artists, educational workshops, meeting rooms, an auditorium, an art library – the largest in Scandinavia – offices, conservation workshops, warehouses, a shop and a cafeteria. The “star” of the complex is undoubtedly Edvard Munch’s version of the “Scream” created in 1863, installed in a room specially dedicated to some of the works of the Norwegian expressionist master.