Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo

Established in 1993, the Astrup Fearnley Museum stands as a privately owned contemporary art gallery. Under the stewardship of a foundation established by the affluent Fearnley family, renowned for their shipping legacy, the museum boasts an extensive permanent assemblage of both Norwegian and global modern art. Its distinguishing features include remarkable collections of abstract expressionism and works by emerging British and American artists.

Noteworthy among the museum's exhibits is a substantial porcelain sculpture depicting Michael Jackson, an artwork crafted by American artist Jeff Koons. Additionally, the gallery proudly showcases pieces by Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, and Andy Warhol in a permanent exhibition. In 2012, the museum made its home in two novel structures conceived by architect Renzo Piano.

Presently situated on Tjuvholmen in the heart of Oslo, the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art found its new abode. Designed by architect Renzo Piano and inaugurated on September 29, 2012, this contemporary space encompasses two edifices that house both the museum's enduring collection and temporary exhibitions.

Expansive, contemporary exhibition areas equip the museum to perpetuate its ambitious program of temporary showcases. In total, the Astrup Fearnley Museum occupies around 4200 square meters of space. Nestled within the Tjuvholmen sculpture park, also envisioned by Renzo Piano, the museum adds to the artistic tapestry of its surroundings.

Why You Should Visit:
Architecturally perfect and right on the water, located in a hip & awesome neighborhood with nice harbor views.
The works inside are arranged cleverly to make full use of the buildings' bizarre shape.
There is a nice café that looks right onto the fjord and a park where you can have a picnic.

Tip:
Remember to keep your ticket, as it is needed several times at electronic gates controlling your entrance.
You can find a huge amount of information by downloading the app (they have free WiFi inside).

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Sight Name: Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway (See walking tours in Oslo)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery

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