Designed by the German-Italian architect Klaus Schuwerk, the new parallelepiped-shaped National Museum (nye Nasjonalmuseet) is located in the center of Oslo and has a total area of over 581,251 square feet, of which 139,930 are exhibition spaces.
The building, which cost around 600 million euros, takes the place of an old train station and will house 6,500 Norwegian and foreign works of art from various historical periods, including one of the four versions of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”.
The exterior, in slate, will be covered with grass on the roof and climbing plants on the facades. The interiors are instead characterized by oak wood floors and bronze elements.
The first work exhibited at the entrance and composed of four hundred reindeer skulls – “Pile O’ Sápmi Supreme”, a 2017 installation by Máret Ánne Sara – is a criticism of the killing of animals ordered by the Norwegian government. In addition, the exhibition also pays particular attention to the art of the Sami, the indigenous population who lived in the northern part of Scandinavia.