The National Gallery (Nasjonalgalleriet)
The National Gallery at Universitetsgata 13 in Oslo centre, was where you could find Norway’s largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. The National Gallery closed temporarily in January of 2019, to facilitate the move to the new National Museum opening in 2020. It will remain a part of the National Museum and continue to exhibit art in the future.
Over 120,000 works have to be moved and safely installed in the new museum, which will open in 2020. More than 53,000 of these works are coming from the National Gallery. In order to ensure the art is safely transported, the National Gallery must be temporarily closed, since normal operations in the building would compromise safety during the removal period.
While the National Gallery is temporarily closed, 2019 will see 45 central works of art by artists such as Munch, Sohlberg and Hertervig travel to institutions in Norway. These include KODE, Trondheim kunstmuseum and Stavanger Art Museum. Exhibition activity will continue in the National Museum – Architecture and Villa Stenersen in 2019.