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Europeans urge Oslo Munch solution. UPDATED: As Norway’s politicians argue over where to build Oslo’s new Munch museum, several top European art experts are calling for action. Oslo city council officials decided to move the museum from Tøyen to Bjørvika near the new opera house in 2008. A year later, Spanish architect Juan Herreros won the competition with his “Lambda” proposal. The arguments have been raging ever since, bridging one national and one local election.

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Europeans urge Oslo Munch solution

Published on Monday, 5th December, 2011 at 16:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 5th December 2011 at 17:17.

UPDATED: As Norway’s politicians argue over where to build Oslo’s new Munch museum, several top European art experts are calling for action.

Munch Museum "Lambda" (Centre-Right)
Munch Museum "Lambda" (Centre-Right)
Photo: ©MIR & Herreros Arquitectos


Bureaucratic bickering

Oslo city council officials decided to move the museum from Tøyen to Bjørvika near the new opera house in 2008.

A year later, Spanish architect Juan Herreros won the competition with his “Lambda” proposal. The arguments have been raging ever since, bridging one national and one local election.

Up to 100 million kroner has been used on the project so far, experts and politicians disagreed as to the structure’s size and façade, as well as location.

The bureaucrats have now officially killed off the “Lambda” proposal, and a majority will be asking the Oslo City Council to consider either keeping Munch in Tøyen or moving works to the National Gallery in Universitetsgate 13.

Paris’ Pompidou Centre is currently hosting an exhibition, “The Modern Eye”, of some 160 of Munch’s works, attracting a record number of almost 5,000 visitors per day. Personnel have informed NRK it is “one of the biggest successes since the museum was opened in 1977.”

Nevertheless, time is moving on, even for the great Master Munch. Five senior European art museum directors tell the broadcaster now is the time for Norway to seize the day and decide what to do.

“This situation cannot continue and a solution is it’s essential a solution is found; not just out of respect for Munch or Oslo’s inhabitants, but also for researchers, artists, and Munch-admirers around the globe. The painter deserves the museum in the world,” says London’s Tate Modern Director, Chris Dercon.

According to continental colleague Max Hollein, Director of Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, “We cannot wait for a new museum any longer. Edvard Munch is one of the world’s greatest artists. Isn’t this really relevant to Norway’s national pride?”

Opinions in Scandinavia concur. Ann-Sofi Noring, Co-Director of Moderna Museet in Sweden, says, “His [Munch’s] artistry is one of the most magnificent in the world.”

“Damn good”

Advocating “Lambda” as the best choice, Director for Denmark’s Louisiana Museum for Modern Art, Poul Arik Tøjner, believes only the best building will do for Munch.

“He deserves a ‘damn good’ museum.”

Edwin Becker, Head of Exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam declares “Lambda” ideal, as its waterfront location is ideal due to Munch’s “intense relationship” to water.

He also thinks, “Juan Herreros is an extremely serious architect with a heart for art. I believe the Munch Museum would be well-placed beside the Opera House, which has become an architectonic icon.”

Speaking of the delay, meanwhile, Schirn Kunsthalle Director Max Hollein tells The Foreigner, “Museum projects are always the result of the will of many. Delays in this process are only a good sign if they represent an improvement of the project but they should not be misused to undermine the significance of the institution nor should they neglect the necessity of making swift progress in regard to reaching a result to the benefit of one of the most important museums in Norway.”

Why do you think it is necessary to find a answer now?

“All over the whole culture and especially museum institutions are being recognized not only as an integral part of the urban fabric but as a dynamo in regard to urban development and identity. The Munch museum and its future represent a case of national importance,” says Mr Hollein.

He also feel’s today’s Tøyen solution would be insufficient because, “in regard to size, scale and importance the Munch museum and its extraordinary collection deserve and necessitate an ambitious plan for development in order to be a seminal institution within the global museum infrastructure."



Published on Monday, 5th December, 2011 at 16:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 5th December 2011 at 17:17.

This post has the following tags: munchmuseumoslorow, lambda, juanherreros.





  
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