How did it all start? Learn more about key dates and events in Kunstnernes Hus' history from 1930 til today.
Kunstnernes Hus (The Artists' House) is an art institution in the centre of Oslo. Established by artists in 1930 to show contemporary Norwegian and international art, Kunstnernes Hus has since become one of the most important art institutions in Norway. It is owned by the independent, artist-led foundation Stiftelsen Kunstnernes Hus. With exhibitions, films, guided tours, events and cinema, Kunstnernes Hus is a major venue for art and culture.
The building is an architectonic landmark designed by architects Gudolf Blakstad and Herman Munthe-Kaas, and is one of the foremost examples of the intersection of neoclassicism and functionalism in Norway.
In its role as social agent, some of the institution's responsibilities are to protect artistic freedom of expression and strengthen the position of art in society.
The cinema at Kunstnernes Hus was designed by architects at Atelier Oslo and opened in 2016. It screens a broad spectre of films: recent feature films, genre-challenging documentaries and films made by Norwegian and international visual artists and independent filmmakers. The auditorium is a significant part of Kunstnernes Hus’ efforts to create a vibrant arena for artistic interdisciplinary activities, talks and debates.
This is Kunstnernes Hus
Learn more about the house, its history and program on the pages below.
Oslo's first independent cinema, dedicated to emphasising artistic boldness and genre-bending formats.
Lofthus Samvirkelag runs the restaurant on the ground floor with their famous pizza menu.
Take a break from the art to visit our shop, located right behind the reception desk on the ground floor.
A student-driven arena for exhibitions and presentations located at the back of Kunstnernes Hus.
Every year, eight graduates from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts move into a studio space at the back of Kunstnernes Hus.
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