Britain’s “The Guardian” butchers new Munch museum in Oslo

On October 22, 2021, the new Munch Museum opened in Bjørvika in Oslo. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

British newspaper “The Guardian” is not impressed with the new Munch museum in Oslo.

On October 22, the new Munch museum in Oslo was officially opened. Opinions about what the building looks like, both inside and out, are many. But British newspaper The Guardian leaves little doubt about what they think about the controversial building, wrote Aftenposten.

The Guardian journalist Oliver Wainwright described the building as “an ominous grey tower on the Oslo waterfront, lurching out at the top like a military lookout post, keeping watch over the fjord.”

Wainwright wasn’t thrilled with the Munch building’s interior, either. Among criticisms, the journalist said, “It is a relentlessly airport-like world of grey floors, grey walls and grey ceilings, with glass balustrades, steel trim and aluminium mesh cladding completing the cold, clinical palette.”

There are plenty of journalists, among them Aftenposten’s Erling Dokk Holm, on the other side of the aisle praising the new museum.

Source: ©️ NTB Scanpix / #NorwayTodayTravel

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1 Comment on "Britain’s “The Guardian” butchers new Munch museum in Oslo"

  1. Perhaps the exterior is meant as a proper companion for the figure in “The Scream”? And might the interior “palette” the Guardian describes meet the approval of Edvard Munch’s spirit? (By the way, have The Guardian complainants been read “Odd”?)

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