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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.
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design contains a stunning collection of pre-war art. Many of Norway's most famous paintings are on permanent display here, such as Tidemand and Gude's Brudeferd i Hardanger and several paintings by Munch, including The Scream (known as Skrik) and Madonna. A smaller part of the museum is devoted to French painters like Delacroix and Picasso. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum arranges for seminars. There is a small museum shop, where guests can purchase memorabilia.
Photo Gallery claims to be the only gallery in the city focusing exclusively on artistic photography. The exhibitions last one month each. Many acclaimed photographers and artists host their works of art in these very premises. Art-lovers, professional and curious locals, throng Photo Gallery for a sneak peak into the latest photographic art-works the world has to offer. In the in-house shop, you can buy postcards, books and magazines as souvenirs of this gallery.
The famous Norwegian figure-skating star Sonja Henie and her husband Niels Onstad established this art center in 1968 by donating their private art collection and providing the necessary funding to jump-start the institution. Located in impressive surroundings and only 30 minutes from Oslo, with a sculpture park and its own little beach, the museum invites you to view temporary exhibitions of modern art, partially based on its own collections. The museum shop has a great selection, and the award-winning restaurant is definitely worth a visit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This gallery is situated in Frogner, on a side street to Bygdy Allé. The gallery exhibits old and more recent works of art, all of which are for sale. They also undertake restorations and offer valuations of older work. If you have enough time this is a good starting point for a stroll around this green part of the city.