Astrup Fearnley Museum at Tjuvholmen

Astrup Fearnley Museet is a private museum of contemporary art, and has since its opening in 1993 been one of the most important art institutions in Oslo. The museum moved to Tjuvholmen in 2012, beautifully located in Oslo centre by the Oslo Fjord in a building designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. The museum presents temporary exhibitions of international art, and houses the Astrup Fearnley Collection, one of Norway’s most important and most extensive private collections of contemporary art, with iconic works by artists such as Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer and Jeff Koons.

Opening hours: Monday closed; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12-17; Thursday 12-19; Saturday and Sunday 11-17. Ticket sales ends half an hour before closing time.  Click here for opening hours on public holidays
Admission: Adults: 120,-   Students: 80,-   Children under 18 free;   Oslo pass free.

Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons

On 31st January 2019, the museum opened an exhibition of the work of Frank Benson.  Benson is one of the most fascinating sculptors of his generation of American contemporary artists.  The Astrup Fearnley Museum has followed his spectacular development and through the years has included a large number of his work in the collection.  This exhibition will be the first which shows all these works and gives a good survey of his artistic production. The pictures on the right below are from that exhibition while the others illustrate the quality and fascination of many of this art centre’s displays.

Looking in wonder at works by Damien Hirst

Juliana: sculpture by Frank Benson, 2014 and one of the other works by the same artist.

Below: the photograph is taken in early February, as we are walking along Akerbrygge ((Aker Wharf where the boat from Vollen arrives in Oslo) towards the Astrup Fearnley Museum.  The tall square towers in the background are Oslo City Hall.