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Major debates have emerged regarding the location and reorganisation of major museums.

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Norway/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and debates  

4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts


Artist organisations working for visual artists have recently emphasised the lack of compensation for their work when art is displayed in (public) galleries and art museums. Such compensation is regulated in the so called “exhibition remuneration”, an individual compensation, based on an agreement between the Norwegian state and trade unions, given to artists who have displayed their work publicly in exhibitions arranged by state funded institutions. This agreement was made in 1978 and renegotiated in 2016.

However, there has been disagreement about the interpretation of this legislation, and about the amount of compensation being awarded. Further, there have been complaints about why galleries funded by the regions and the municipalities as well as private public galleries do not adjust to this legislation. 


The development of infrastructure for culture and arts has been frequently debated in Norway since the millennium. This includes both the large national institutions and local cultural houses.

In 2014, the construction of a new building for the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo began. When the construction work is completed (in 2020), several museum sites will be relocated to this new museum, and the former museum buildings will be abandoned. There has been a lot of public debate about how the ancient National Gallery building should be used after the relocation.

The establishment of a new museum housing the Munch collection and the Stenersen collection nearby the new opera house has also created debate around urban development, architecture, physical frameworks for the exhibitions and the economy.

All around Norway a large amount of cultural houses have been established. The total cost of these cultural houses being established within the last ten years amounts to NOK 11 billion. This prioritization has caused much political debate in many local societies.

Chapter published: 20-03-2017

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