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Despite wide agreement that the old buildings in Twain with damage to settlements, water leaks and limited exhibition areas had long since become unsuitable as a museum, political games were destroying the new Munch Museum.

biting: Architects Juan Herreros and Jens Richter of Estudio Herreros respond to criticisms of the new Munch Museum. Reporter: Kjetil Stoveland. Video: Magnus Paus / Dagbladet TV
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When the new Munch Museum opens its doors now, it is a victory for art and Oslo. Edvard Munch’s art is perhaps Norway’s most important contribution to the world cultural heritage. Finally, art gets a bigger, safer, and more audience-friendly museum.

red: Deschmann, the Opera and the Munch Museum in Oslo are drenched in red. Photo: Kristin Sforte / Christian Ruth Christensen. Reporter: Selena Morkin
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Finally, Oslo takes over The municipality, which manages the legacy of Munch, takes our responsibility seriously. 1,100 paintings, 15,500 illustrated magazines, 4,700 drawings and six sculptures get a good home. The museum will be five times larger than the old Munch Museum in Twain. Thus a lot of artwork will be available to many. The opening opens a new chapter in the dissemination of Munch art to interested parties from around the world.

Together with the opera and the new main library, the museum complements Bjørvika as Oslo’s new cultural district with exciting culture and architecture. The location near the largest public transportation hub in the country ensures easy access to the museum.

still standing on error. For a long time, the city council of Oslo could not agree on how to manage this art. As many sides changed their minds along the way, there were constant rematches. In meeting after meeting, the museum in Bjørvika was first accredited, then rejected and then re-emerged. Despite wide agreement that the old buildings in Twain with damage to settlements, water infiltration and limited exhibition areas had long since become unsuitable as a museum, political games were destroying the new museum.

In the spring of 2008 she looked bright. Then-Minister of Culture Trond Geske and city councilor Erling Lai made the trade-off of the cultural policy that put the new National Museum in Westbahnen, the new Munch Museum and the new main library in Bjorvika, next to the opera. The city council agreed to this and announced an architectural competition.

A jury unanimously referred to Lambda, and the land and financing purchases were approved. Everything was ready for the new Munch Museum, but two unusual things happened after that.

Labor wanted Omkamp. Despite the fact that the city council had decided on two occasions that the Munch Museum should be located in Bjorvika, the Labor Party, who wanted a new museum in Twain, refused to give up. The course of action was unusual and at odds with the way one would traditionally act after losing the site debate in Oslo. In turn, the Conservatives locally and centrally supported the opera, after the European Parliament approved Porvika a few years ago and voted against the Conservatives’ proposal for the Western line.

Secondly, Karl Hagen returned to Oslo politics as the People’s Liberation Party’s mayoral candidate. After the 2011 elections, Karl Hagen became the leader of the group. He made sure that FRP withdrew its support for the Munch Museum, contrary to the mayor’s city council internal agreement / FRP for an additional NOK 200 million for elderly care if the FRP supports the two cultural buildings in Bjorvika.

Meanwhile, conservative city council leader Stian Berger Rossland said it was inappropriate to put Lambda on the shelf. The result was that Frp left city council, while Venstre and KrF entered.

In November of the same year The Labor Party, the Green Party, the Socialist People’s Party, the Red Party and the Millennium Development Goals, who together form a majority in the city council, held a joint press conference in Twain where they presented an agreement to abolish the lambda. Instead, the business must start over with two options; One on Twain and the other on Tullinløkka.

Both will now be investigated, but without any real chance that the parties behind them will ever agree. The two parties agreed that they would hold back Lambda at Bjørvika, but disagreed completely on what should come instead. Since there was no majority for anything, everything stopped. The prospects for a museum worthy of Munch art were bleak.

The following year, the first torchlight parade was held in Norway in support of an art museum. The train went from City Hall to Bjørvika and demanded the construction of Lambda. In the time that followed, there were numerous discussions among town hall politicians about the impasse.

The conversations that eventually took place between SV and Høyre were so sensitive that they initially took place in politicians’ homes, outside the town hall. In May 2013, the Munch-Tøyen Agreement was introduced where the Conservatives, Liberals, KrF and SV agreed to build Lambda and implement a major push for Tøyen. Thus the majority was secured and work resumed.

The agreement led to A very tense relationship between the Conservatives and the Progress Party. The FRP party, not wanting to spend money on the Munch Museum, cut off budgetary cooperation with the bourgeois city council and declared that it was no longer a friendly opposition party. After one week with the 2013 revised budget, the city council thus had to go downhill skiing in the city council with a changing majority of the various budget lines.

And when the city council’s budget meeting was set six months later, for the first time since 1996, there was no budget majority. Thus, conservatives, liberals and the KrF city council were ready to resign. Only after the meeting was interrupted, immediately before the start of voting, was it possible to reach an agreement.

After the left won the local elections in 2015, there were strong forces in the Labor Party that again wanted a rematch, and city council leader Raymond Johansen spoke in a way that created uncertainty over the museum’s creation, but S. Under. In February 2016, it became clear that the construction of the Munch Museum is continuing.

The New Munch Museum He was promoted by a political coalition of conservatives, liberals, KrF and SV. Three politicians in particular made the Munch Museum possible. Former city councilor Erling Lai who started and elected Pjorvika, current mayor Marianne Burgen who despite discord in her party and great pressure from Labor blocked the way and former city councilman Stian Berger Rossland who stood firm on the project despite the Progress Party repeatedly threatened to be ousted The city council he was leading.

Burgen and Wersland put World Heritage management ahead of short-term political considerations.

Edvard Munch described how on a walk he was inspired by the world’s most famous work of art. “I felt a great endless weeping through nature.” The Oslo municipality’s treatment of Finn Munch in recent decades can be described as an endless cry.

When the museum Opening now, the endless scream finally subsided. Congrats Stian, Marianne, Erling and Oslo!

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