Astrup Fearnley Museum for Modern Art

Today, I went to the Astrup Fearnley museum for modern art. The exhibition "Lights On" shows contemporary art by up and coming Norwegian artists. I think it was a great and interesting exhibition that I would really recommend to anyone visiting Oslo these days. The admission is free, what can be better than that?

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art is a private contemporary art museum that produces temporary exhibitions of international art. We welcome the public to an exciting exhibition program, which include the greatest names in the international arena of art.


WWII graves

This is another photo from the cemetery at Alfaset and the German soldiers' graves.

At another Oslo cemetery is an area of graves where other soldiers were buried; the allied - mostly British soldiers. It's sad to think about all these young men who died way too early.


Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof at Alfaset

Alfaset cemetery is quite large and situated in the northern parts of Oslo, quite far from the center. Apart from the "normal" graves, there is one specific area for gypsy graves, one for muslim graves - and there is the cemetery for German soldiers who died in Norway during World War II. I've visited a few times. Even though they were our enemies, it's quite heartbreaking to see all the stone crosses, each with three names on each side. I don't know how many crosses are there, but this photo only shows one part of the cemetery.


Frogner buildings

Some fashionable houses for you today. These are from the Frogner area, right next to the Vigeland park.

Photo: Lothiane


Spooky neighbourhood

Me and my camera went for a walk to night, and this is one of the houses in my neighbourhood. It looks funny, and a little bit spooky in the dark, don't you think? ;o)

Photo: by Stormel


The Cure

The Cure was in Oslo last week, and they gave their fans a great concert!

"Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, the Cure was one of the most enduring and popular. ...read more"
Photo: by Stormel


Sunset view

The view from my apartment is unfortunately not that spectacular as Lothianes view, but sometimes my view can be rather beautiful too. This is the sunset last night. :o)

Photo: by Stormel


"Frogner Castle"

This castle is placed at the playground in the Vigeland park. It is called "Frognerborgen" (= Frogner Castle), and is for the kids to play and climb on. It is very popular, the kids love to go there! And as you can se from the picture below; they know the direction! ;o)

Photo: by Stormel


Wooden door

Sorry about the long break on this blog. Busy times plus the flu, but we'll try to keep up with it again now. :-)

This door leads up to a small building right next to the main gate of the Vigeland park. I have no idea what this little building is for, but I like the door.

Best wishes for the weekend to you all!

~the Oslo team

Photo: Lothiane


A safe spot

It is very icy nowadays. Even if there is a lot of shingel on top of the ice, it's best to stay close to a bench or something else safe.... ;o)

Photo: by Stormel


Good morning!

A lovely sunrise over Oslo, today. Can you spot the airplane?

Photo: Lothiane


The view

And now, when we finally have reached the Monolith, we turn around and take a look at the park we just went through. :o)

Photo: by Stormel


The Monolith

This is a closer look at (part of) the Monolith by Gustav Vigeland.

At the highest point in the park lies the parks most popular attraction, The Monolith (Monolitten). (...) Construction of the massive monument began in 1924 when Gustav Vigeland himself modeled it out of clay in his studio in Frogner. The design process took him ten months, and it is speculated that Vigeland had the help of a few sketches drafted in 1919. The model was then cast in plaster. In the autumn of 1927 a block of granite weighing several hundred tons was delivered to the park from a stone quarry in Halden. It was erected a year later and a wooden shed was built around it to keep out the elements. Vigeland’s plaster design was set up next to it to give reference to its sculptors. Transferring of the figures began in 1929 and took 3 stone carvers 14 years to accomplish. On the Christmas of 1944 the public was allowed to admire The Monolith and 180,000 people crowded the wooden shed to get a close look at the creation. (...)

The Monolith towers 14.12 meters (46.32 ft.) high and is comprised of 121 human figures rising toward heaven. This is meant to represent man’s desire to become closer with the spiritual and divine. It portrays a feeling of togetherness as the human figures embrace one another as they are carried toward salvation.

Photo by Stormel.

More info about the Vigeland Sculpture Park (Wikipedia).

More photos from the Vigeland park.


Through the last gate

We continue against the Monolith, up the stairs and through the last gate. :o)

Photo: by Stormel


Gate with naked man

We're getting closer to the Monolith, which is placed on a plateau, surrounded by sculpture groups. To get to the plateau, you can pass through several gates. This is one of them.

Photo: Imzadi

More photos from the Vigeland park.


By the fountain

Another Vigeland park-photo. This is one of the sculpture groups surrounding the huge fountain from yesterday's post.

Photo: Imzadi

More photos from the Vigeland park.


The huge fountain

After crossing the bridge you'll see a huge fountain with a square pool around it. On the ground surrounding the pool there are tiles forming a maze/labyrinth. Kids love running around, following the pattern.

Photo: Imzadi

Other posts from the Vigeland park.


Free spirit

Let's continue our tour through the Vigeland park. As you can see, some of these photos are not from this season, but hopefully that won't matter. This is one of my favourites, this woman seems to be very free and happy.

Other posts from the Vigeland park.