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Best Contemporary Art in Oslo

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Kunstnerforbundet Gallery

Kunstnerforbundet Gallery is located next to the Town Hall and holds three contemporary art solo shows each month. Each show normally consists of work by two or three artists, within different media such as textiles, metal, lithography and drawings. There is also a daily sale of painting, graphic pieces and sculpture. This gem of a gallery has hosted upto more than 400 artists so far. A mecca for aspiring artists and local talent, Kunstnerforbundet Gallery's free admission policy does not fail to bring in crowds of art-enthusiasts.

Oslo, Norway
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Gallery Norske Grafikere

Gallery Norske Grafikere is one of many galleries in Kvadraturen, more specifically, this lively area was the center of Oslo until the 19th Century. The gallery presents contemporary lithography and the art of print-making. There are about ten new exhibitions each year, and it is not a problem for the gallery to find artists for their numerous shows, as they are in possession of the largest collection of contemporary lithography in Norway.

Oslo, Norway
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Artists' House

Kunstnernes Hus was built in 1930 by Norwegian architects Blakstad and Munthe-Kaas, and represents a central trend in Norwegian architecture. The four exhibition rooms are solely used for temporary exhibitions of Norwegian and international contemporary art. One of the greatest events of the year is the Annual National Autumn Show, where a jury selects the exhibitors in the show from artists (and would-be artists) from all over the country. At the entrance you will find the popular restaurant Arcimboldo, with a nice view of Slottsparken.

Oslo, Norway
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Astrup Fearnley Museum

Originally founded in 1993 at Dronningens Gate, this modern museum features a series of temporary and permanent exhibitions by Norwegian and international artists from the post-war era. The permanent collection includes Anselm Kieferen's sculpture, The High Priestess/Zweistromland, a monumental bookshelf with a good collection of books made of lead, and one of Damien Hirst's best-known pieces, Mother and Child Divided. Towards the end of 2012, Astrup Fearnley Museum shifted its location to Oslo's Tjuvholmen neighborhood. Call ahead for more information.

Oslo, Norway
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Albin Upp Galleri

Albin Upp Galleri & Kunstkafé is situated in Briskeby, the area between Frognerparken (Vigeland Park) and Slottsparken (the Royal Palace). There are new exhibitions every other week. The art exhibited ranges from various mediums such as oil paintings and watercolors to rugs. Regardless of whether the art is to your taste our not, the food in the café certainly will be.

Oslo, Norway
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Gallery Heer

Founded in 1986, Galleri Heer has a number of interesting exhibits under its belt. Bringing the best of Norwegian art to its visitors, find eye-catching works that are inspiring and pleasing to the eye. Open to all, be it beginners, experts, sculptors or painters, the flexible arrangements here render it as one of the finest galleries in the city.

Oslo, Norway
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Gallery K

Although situated close to Frogner, Galleri K is hidden away in a quieter part of the city. The easiest way to find it is by walking through Aker Brygge and continuing along Munkedamsveien where the heavy traffic continues out of town. Gallery K hosts various exhibitions by artists such as Darren Almond, Sverre Bjertnes, Thomas Demand, Nina Roos and Judith Eisler. Contemporary art is the constant feature on display at Gallery K.

Oslo, Norway
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