Kunstnernes Hus, meaning Artist’s House, is the first and only artist-run institution in Norway – and an excellent display of how effective and innovative such initiatives can be. Its purpose built home neighbours Oslo’s beautiful Slottsparken public park, and is an award winning 1930s example of the Norwegian functionalism architectural style, as well as hosting some of the city’s most exciting exhibitions and arts events.
Governed by a five-member board, with four elected by the Norwegian Visual Artists Association and one from the Ministry of Culture, Kunstnernes Hus is able to make informed and insightful curation decisions and pull together a progressive series of events. Both of these facets of the institution have a contemporary focus, and the exhibitions have been known to range from installations and sculptures from up and coming local artists, to retrospectives on international filmmakers.
The excellent events programme includes a Sunday night film club curated by changing experts, and Open House, in collaboration with the Oslo Academy of Fine Art, inviting a variety of arts scholars and practitioners to share lectures and dialogues with the public. These consistent events have created an inspiring home for the community of art lovers in Oslo.
Open until the early hours on Thursday to Saturday nights, this contemporary bar is a favourite amongst local arts students and young professionals. In the afternoons, it serves as a nice, simple café offering coffee and snacks.
Kunstnernes Hus currently has no shop.
Norway+47 22 85 34 10
Tuesday – Wednesday – 11.00 – 4.00
Thursday – Friday 11.00 – 6.00
Saturday – Sunday 12.0 0– 6.00
Tram: Holbergs plass, Wellhavens gate, or Frydenlund (Lines 11, 16, 17, 18)