The new Munch Museum’s opening has previously been postponed several times – most recently until the autumn of 2021. But now the building has finally been completed, and on Friday, the museum took over the building from the developer and owner, Oslo Municipality.
The postponement was partly due to the fact that an advanced air conditioning system was not completed, but in January, it became known that the problems with the air conditioning system had been solved.
“So from today, Munch will formally manage the building and fill it with content. There is still a lot of work left before the building is finished, but we can now gradually move in our skilled employees,” Munch Director Stein Olav Henrichsen told news bureau NTB.
Henrichsen said he is both proud and happy on behalf of his 150 employees, who are ready to start making everything ready for this autumn’s opening.
“This represents a major milestone in Munch history and an important step on the way to the goal, which is to open a new fantastically large and beautiful museum building for the public.”
He said they would mark the takeover with an alcohol-free toast to Edvard Munch, who bequeathed all his art to the city and thus made it available to the whole world.
If everything goes according to plan, the new Munch Museum can open during the autumn, Henrichsen said.
“When we open to the public, we will have a really big celebration for everyone who wants to join in celebrating our great artist and the new fantastic Munch in Bjørvika.”
Billion kroner project
The museum will have 13 floors, with a roof terrace, bar, and mezzanine on top. From the ninth floor and upwards, the building slopes 20 degrees at a much-talked-about angle.
In total, the building will house the Municipality’s collection of around 28,000 original works by Edvard Munch in addition to the Stenersen collection.
The cost framework for the construction project in 2014 was estimated at just over NOK 2,256 million, while the entire project was estimated at NOK 2,761 million.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayTravel
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