Sign the Petition to Preserve the National Gallery!
There is a proposition up that discusses moving the Oslo National Gallery to another building near the seaside, together with other museums. The National Gallery has a long history in its current building, with the French tea salon and beloved paintings like Munch's "The Scream". What would people say if they had suddenly decided to abandon the Louvre, or Guggenheim museum?
The petition suggests exhibiting modern and contemporary art in the new building, whilst preserving the classic paintings in the old building at Tullinløkka. (And believe me, that place is a veritable tourist magnet in summer).
Sign, sign, sign!
I found most amazing thing at a flea market; a booklet on the Oslo suburbs, drabantbyene. I have this incredible fascination for Oslo's architectural history, especially the suburbs. Before WWII most of the area surrounding Oslo was farmlands, fields and forests. In 1935 or 1937, at the height of the Stalinist purges, the Oslo City Council allegedly sent a delegation to the Soviet Union to study buildings, and a lot of these plans were set into life after the war. The concrete and brutalism was not taken lightly, these were the first "sleeping cities" of their kind in the country and criticised for being cold, forbidding, suppressing human nature etc.
They have their beauty, though.
It isn't Russia, it's Veitvet!
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