Oslo may not be your typical destination for a weekend getaway. Having a reputation for being one of the most expensive cities on the planet doesn’t help either. The best advice, if any, would be to have a clear Plan A.

A as in Art, for example.

Oslo has a number of really outstanding art museum and galleries, both private and public. Amongst the most well known are the Munch Museum and the National Gallery, the latter being home to Munch’s most famous painting, the Scream. The Astrup-Fearnley modern art gallery is situated on the very tip of the highly popular Aker Brygge water front, at Tjuvholmen. Designed by Renzo Piano, the building it is worth seeing from the outside as well. There is also the brilliant Stenersen Collection, and a personal favourite; the Henie-Onstad art center at Høvik near Sandvika.

Another place not to be missed while in Oslo is the sculpture park on the Ekeberg hill.

Ekeberg Sculpture Park

Walking Woman, 2010 - by Sean Henry (born 1965)  - Oslo - Norway - Photo: Asgeir Pedersen
Walking Woman, 2010 – by Sean Henry (born 1965)

 

The history of what is now called Ekebergparken – the Ekeberg Park – on the Ekeberg hill overlooking Oslo goes back more than 8-10000 years, when the first nomadic hunter-gatherers came to these parts. Petroglyphs, inscribed on mountain side, can stille be seen here. Due to its natural location offering a superb view of the inner Oslofjord and the port of Oslo, Ekeberg has always played an important role in the development of the city.

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Anatomy of an Angel, 2008 - Damien Hirst - Oslo - Norway - Photo: Asgeir Pedersen
Detail of “Anatomy of an Angel”, 2008 – Damien Hirst

Art in a natural setting

The Ekeberg hill and park was bought by the municipality and made into a people’s park in 1889 “out of consideration for the population’s physical soundness”, confirming the fact that the Norwegians, then as now, love to walk in nature.

An agreement between the municipality and the C. Ludens Ringnes foundation in 2011 was the starting point for the present sculpture and natural heritage park. The area reopened as a people’s park in September 2013. Top flight international art has also been installed, enriching both the city and visitors.

The following is a series of photos of some of the current art works on display (August 2018).

For the full list and map see Ekebergparken official page.

Venus de Milo aux tiroirs (1936) - Salvador Dalí (1904–1984) - Oslo - Norway - Photo: Asgeir Pedersen
Venus de Milo aux tiroirs (1936) – Salvador Dalí (1904–1984)

 

 

Marilyn Monroe (2002)  -Richard Hudson (born 1957)
Marilyn Monroe (2002) – by Richard Hudson (born 1957)

 

Man and Woman, Adoratio (1908) - by Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943)
Man and Woman, Adoration (1908) – by Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943)

 

Pathfinder #18700 Oslo - Fujiko Nakaya (born 1933)
Detail of installation: Pathfinder #18700 Oslo – Fujiko Nakaya (born 1933)

 

La grande Laveuse, 1914-1916 - Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) - Oslo - Norway - Photo: Asgeir Pedersen
La grande Laveuse, 1914-1916 – Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919)

 

Ekeberg Pavilion, 2013 - Dan Graham (born 1942)
Ekeberg Pavilion, 2013 – Dan Graham (born 1942)

Source
Ekebergparken
All photos by Asgeir Pedersen, IN Editions