The Fresco Brothers and the Sisters of Liberty The Decoration of Oslo City Hall 1938–1950

Munchmuseet on the Move - Kunsthall Oslo.
Edvard Munch: Workers on the Building Site. Draft for a Decoration of Oslo City Hall. Oil on unprimed canvas, 1931-1933. Photo © Munchmuseet

Oslo City Hall is known around the world as the venue for the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize. The paintings, frescoes, carvings and tapestries that decorate its public spaces transform the building’s interior into a Gesamtkunstwerk on a vast scale, depicting the founding myths of modern Norway. Through artworks, preparatory sketches, photographs and archive material, this exhibition tells the story of how the City Hall’s extraordinary interior came to be.