Plans to relocate a museum which holds the works of artist Edvard Munch have been approved in Oslo. The new plans were finally approved by Oslo’s city council after five years of political dispute over the project.
The new building, built by Spanish firm Herreros Arquitectos, is located on the city’s Bjørvika waterfront, an area which is becoming a draw for visitors flying in to Norway's capital. Up until yesterday the plans had been put on hold, due to the location of the new building, which is in part of a redevelopment in the city’s former docklands.
Located just 200 metres away from the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, which opened in 2008, the new museum will be more than three times the size of the existing Munch Museum, increasing the exhibition area fourfold.
The Spanish architecture firm has said that the new museum is “conceived as an institution which is open to the city and highly visible.” Herreros Arquitectos has also said that the new building “must be visited many times in a lifetime because of its dynamic programs but also because of its power as a place of concentration, walks and daily relaxation in its terraces and cafes or even because of its retail spaces."
Work on the new museum has now resumed and the new building is scheduled to be complete by 2018. The new 12,000 sq ft glass structure is expected to costs around 1.6 billion kroner (£178 million) and will house Munch’s most famous works including two version of his masterpiece The Scream, which the artist left to the city when he died in 1944.
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