Opening of Oslo’s new Munch Museum delayed until autumn

A rendering of the new Munch Museum designed by Estudio Hereros. The opening has been delayed until the autumn Courtesy Estudio Hereros.

The opening of the long-awaited Munchmuseet (Munch Museum) in Oslo has been postponed until the autumn due to delays “in the building process managed by the council”, says a spokeswoman for the museum.

Citing delays in the delivery of fire and security doors, as well as a failure of the indoor climate system to meet required standards, the spokeswoman says the museum is now “adjusting plans accordingly”.

As for the inaugural exhibition, which pairs the British artist Tracey Emin with Edvard Munch, the spokeswoman says: “We dont know how this will affect the show, but we are in close dialogue with Tracey Emins studio and looking at options.” Emins 7m-high bronze sculpture of a kneeling woman, The Mother, is due to be installed outside the new institution in October.

Emin tells The Art Newspaper: “The building is such a massive project, its simply delayed. We are just working out the logistics. The upside for me is, the longer the delay, the longer I have to enjoy the Munch archive!”

The Munch Museum owns 45,000 objects bequeathed to Oslo by the artist on his death in 1944, including 1,100 paintings, 6,800 drawings and 18,200 works of graphic art. Having spent 56 years in a cramped venue east of the city centre, the collection will move to the new 13-floor, 26,000 sq. m building in the waterside area of Bjorvika. The project is estimated to have cost around NOK3bn (around £250m).

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