How did it all start? Learn more about key dates and events in Kunstnernes Hus' history from 1930 til today.
Kunstnernes Hus is an art institution in the centre of Oslo. 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.
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-run foundation Stiftelsen Kunstnernes Hus.
With exhibitions, films, talks, guided tours, concerts and seminars, Kunstnernes Hus is a major venue for art and culture.
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 spectrum of films: more 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.
Learn more about the house, its history and program.
Oslo's first independent cinema, dedicated to emphasising artistic boldness and genre-bending formats.
Take a break from the art to visit our shop, located right behind the reception desk on the ground floor.
Lofthus Samvirkelag runs Kunstnernes Hus' restaurant on the ground floor with their famous pizza menu.
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.