Astrup Fearnley Museet
The Astrup Fearnley Museet is a contemporary art museum in Norway. The museum is privately owned and was founded in the year 1993. The museum was funded by 2 foundations that were established by descendents from the Fearnley shipping family. The foundations were merged in the year 1995.
It is open to the public and the main focus of the museum is appropriation artists from America in the 1980s. Currently, there is a transition being made to the international contemporary art. This includes artists such as Cai Guo-Giang, Olafur Eliasson, Doug Aitken, Tom Sachs, Matthew Barney, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, and Jeff Koons. Each year there are six or seven temporary exhibitions held at the museum.
The permanent collection consists of international and Norwegian contemporary art. The original collection at the museum was based on a private collection that dates back 30 years. It has developed significantly over time. There is an interest in English modern painting, German abstract expressionism, as well as the Young British artists. Currently, the focus is on the American art scene. In addition, the museum encompasses works that pertain to the global art community. Most of the curatorial expertise is in art from the 60s through the present day. This includes pop art from America and Europe, and international contemporary art.
In the year 2002, Astrup Fearnley Museet made a bit of a stir in the art scene when they purchased a statue of Michael Jackson with his chimpanzee Bubbles. The statue is made out of gilt porcelain and was created by American artist Jeff Koons. The museum paid $5.1 million for the statue.
In 2012, the museum was moved into 2 new buildings created by Renzo Piano. The new buildings will house both the permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions. The large spaces will provide the museum with the opportunity to continue on with its large program of temporary exhibits. There will be 4200 meters of floor space available in the new buildings. The buildings are located in a sculpture park, which Renzo Piano designed as well.
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