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The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo consists of the National Gallery, The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, The Museum of Contemporary art and The National Museum of Architecture

National Gallery

Founded in 1837, the National Gallery houses Norway's largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. In its permanent and temporary exhibitions, the museum presents older art, with emphasis on art from Norway. Highlights from the collection are shown in the the permanent exhibition «The Dance of Life – The Collection from Antiquity to 1950». Also on display are works by international painters and sculptors, such as the French impressionists. Central attractions include Edvard Munch's The Scream, Madonna and paintings by Cézanne and Manet.

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

Founded in 1876, The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design was a pioneer of its kind in Europe. In addition to temporary exhibitions, attractions include the permanent exhibitions
«Design and Craft 1905–2005», «Style 1100–1905», The Costume Galleries and the Collections for Glass and Ceramics.

The Museum of Contemporary art

The Museum of Contemporary Art display temporary exhibitions of both loaned works and works from the National Museum’s collections. Visitors can see five permanent installations: The sculpture Shaft by Richard Serra, Per Inge Bjørlo’s Inner Room V, Ilya Kabakov’s The Garbage Man: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away, Marianne Heier’s Promesse de bonheur and two gallery rooms dedicated to Louise Bourgeois.

The National Museum – Architecture

The National Museum – Architecture opened in 2008. The building is a juxtaposition of classicism and modernist architecture – an encounter between Grosch and Fehn, Norway’s most important architects of the 19th and 20th centuries respectively. The museum’s temporary exhibitions explore both contemporary architecture and historical themes.

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