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Ida Ekblad et al.

A Collection in the Making. Art – Architecture – Design (group show)
The National Museum – Architecture, Oslo
19 June – 11 October 2020

Installation view: The National Museum – Architecture, Oslo, 2020. Photo credit: Annar Bjørgli / The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
Installation view: The National Museum – Architecture, Oslo, 2020. Photo credit: Annar Bjørgli / The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

This exhibition presents around 130 of these newly-acquired objects, which span a wide range of genres, from painting, sculpture and printmaking to the applied arts, architecture and design. The most recently-made works date from 2019, while the oldest – Olaus Magnus’ book on the ethnography, natural history and notable features of the Nordic region – left the printing press in Rome in 1555.

Questions about what a museum collection is, and how it comes into existence, have gained new relevance in recent years. A desire for museums to reflect the diversity of society has made issues of representation and identity more acute. At the same time, there is a huge interest for overlooked and forgotten chapters in art history. The exhibition reflects these trends.

A Collection in the Making also shows the importance of gifts from artists and private collectors. With its broad approach, the exhibition provides insights into some of the scholarly evaluations, strategies, lucky chances and visual pleasure that contribute to the making of the National Museum’s collection.

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