Grand Opening Astrup Fearnley Museet with Renzo Piano

Grand Opening Astrup Fearnley Museet 27-29 sept 2012- OsloRenzo Piano - Grand Opening Astrup Fearnley Museet 27-29 sept 2012- Oslo

It’s under a wonderful blue sky and a beautiful light that the press conference for the opening of Norway’s most important Contemporary Art Museum, Astrup Fearnley Museet, happened this morning in Oslo. A wide number of journalists from different countries made ​​the trip to come and listen to the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano. We had the great opportunity to take part of this preview of the museum (and bring back for you an autograph of the renowned architect – see first picture). So, first of all: this place is a real success. More than just a museum, it is a friendly and bright living place where we feel very well. The opening of the museum is accompanied by a sublime exhibition entitled “To Be With Art Is All We Ask”, composed of masterpieces from Astrup Fearnley’s private collection. Here are a few pictures we took from some of the works that raised our attention, amused us or charmed us such as “Dolphin” from Jeff Koons, perfectly placed with the view of the fjord in its background, the “Love It, Bite it!” of Liu Wei, “Baton Exercise” from Gardar Eide Einarsson, the sculptural “Meter Girl” from Takashi Murakami or “Muddle” from Hannah Greely. But the most important is surely to advise you to visit this fantastic museum (one more good reason to organize a small trip to Oslo for those of you who do not live in this city). And we will conclude this article with the pertinent quote from Renzo Piano this morning: “Art makes people better”.

Book Astrup Fearnley MuseumGrand Opening Astrup Fearnley Museet 27-29 sept 2012- OsloGrand Opening Astrup Fearnley Museet 27-29 sept 2012- OsloC’est sous un ciel bleu et une lumière magnifique qu’a eu lieu, ce matin à Oslo dans le nouveau quartier de Tjuvholmen : la conférence de presse pour l’ouverture du nouveau Musée d’Art Contemportain Astrup Fearnley… Un bon nombre de journalistes de différents pays ont fait le déplacement pour venir écouter le célèbre architecte italien Renzo Piano. Nous avons eu la chance d’y assister et de visiter en avant-première le musée (Nous vous avons d’ailleurs rapporté une petite dédicace du renommé architecte – voir la photo 1). Alors, première info : cet endroit est une véritable réussite. Plus qu’un musée, c’est un lieu de vie convivial et lumineux où l’on se sent bien. L’ouverture du musée est accompagnée d’une exposition intitulée “To Be With Art Is All We Ask” avec des oeuvres de la collection Astrup Fearnley. Voici, entre autres, quelques clichés des oeuvres qui nous ont interpellés, amusés, ou encore touchés telles que le “Dolphin” de Jeff Koons parfaitement installé avec la vue sur le fjord, le “Love It, Bite It!” de Liu Wei, le “Baton Exercise” de Gardar Eide Einarsson, la sculpturale “3-Meter Girl” de Takashi Murakami ou encore le “Muddle” de Hannah Greely. Mais le plus important est sûrement de vous conseiller d’aller le visiter (une bonne raison de plus d’organiser un petit week-end à Oslo pour ceux qui n’habitent pas la ville).  Enfin, on concluera sur cette jolie phrase dite ce matin par Renzo Piano : “Art makes people better”…

Astrup Fearnley Museum - “3-Meter Girl” - Takashi Murakami“3-Meter Girl” de Takashi Murakami (2011)

Astrup Fearnley Museum - "Love It, Bite It!" - Liu Wei & "Baton Exercise" - Gardar Eide EinarssonOn the left : “Love It, Bite It!” from Liu Wei (2007)
and on the right : “Baton Exercise” from Gardar Eide Einarsson (2007)

Astrup Fearnley Museum - "Muddle" - Hannah Greely“Muddle” from Hannah Greely (2004)

Astrup Fearnley Museum - "Dolphin” - Jeff Koons“Dolphin” from Jeff Koons (2002)

Astrup Fearnley
Tjuvholmen – Oslo

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4 Responses to Grand Opening Astrup Fearnley Museet with Renzo Piano

  1. darkb4dawn says:

    Finally a museum to be proud of in Oslo. But do you really consider this “Norway’s most important Contemporary Art Museum”? What about the National Museum of Contemporary Art? Even Munch might be considered modern art?

    • says:

      Hello and thank you for your pertinent comment. The National Museum of Contemporary Art is absolutely a great museum too, with certainly a broader art collection covering a longer period that what is presented at the Astrup Fearnley Museum. But we tend to believe that the renowned of the artists and their masterpieces exposed at the Astrup Fearnley Museum make this place the most important Contemporary museum in Norway, and actually one of the most important in Scandinavia. Of course, our opinion might be biased by the fact that we’ve never seen masterpieces from Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Anselm Kiefer or Jeff Koons, just to name a few, at the National Museum of Contemporary Art. We are big fans of these artists. When it comes to Munch, he definitely belongs to modern art, but not contemporary art, if we stick to the strict definition. But, we are really looking forward to the opening in a few years of the new Museum of Contemporary Art and its 54.000 m2 which is under construction on Vestbanen (not far from Astrup Fearnley). This is going to be an amazing place!

  2. darkb4dawn says:

    The museum at Vestbanen won’t be a museum for contemporary art specifically (unless you include Munch in the definition :)), but a new National Arts Museum. We could of course hope for a new Munch Museum if the politicians can make a decision and stick to it.

    • says:

      very true, but from what we know, one of the main reasons for building the new National Arts Museum is to give to the Norwegian contemporary art collection the dimension it deserves 🙂

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