This historical timeline presents key dates and events in Kunstnernes Hus' history in order to convey a better understanding of how it all started.
Kunstnernes Hus is an art institution in the centre of Oslo. Established by artists in 1930 to show both Norwegian and international art, it has since then become the most important independent institution in Norway led by artists, specifically dedicated to contemporary art. 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.
With exhibitions, films, talks, concerts, lectures and seminars, we are a major venue for art and culture. Kunstnernes Hus has held major international exhibitions and Norwegian exhibitions since it opened in 1930.
The cinema at Kunstnernes Hus opened in 2016, and its space was designed by architects at Atelier Oslo. It screens a broad spectrum of art films: more recent feature films, genre-challenging documentaries and films made by both Norwegian and international visual artists. The auditorium is a significant part of Kunstnernes Hus’ efforts to create a living arena for artistic interdisciplinary activities, talks and debates.
Kunstnernes Hus is owned by Stiftelsen Kunstnernes Hus, an independent artist-run foundation.