Permanenten West Norway Museum of Decorative Art

People and Possessions - Permanenten West Norway Museum of Decorative Art

An outwardgoing and experimental museum for handicrafts and design. Permanent and varying exhibitions. The museum presents design and decorative art in untraditional ways. The collections consist of approximately 33,000 Norwegian and European artworks from the l6th century until today. First and foremost are items from the domestic sphere, such as dresses and other textiles, ceramics, glass, furniture and silver.

Permanent exhibition

The Permanent Exhibition Building is built by the architect Henry Bucher and completed in 1886. The museum has three permanent exhibitions:

  • The Chinese Collection - Norway’s largest collection of Chinese art.
  • People and Possessions - 500 Years of Art and Design.
  • The Singer Collection - European and Asian ornamental items and furniture.
  • and newly the silver treasure

Permanenten West Norway Museum of Decorative Art presents design and decorative art in untraditional ways

People and possessions

People and possessions consists of a vast collection of arts, crafts and design from the last Five centuries of Nordic design. The collection consists of furniture, Norwegian - jewelers, and fashion. You can also find European artworks from the 16th century until today. There are items from the domestic sphere, such as Textiles, ceramics, glass, furniture and silver. In this exhibition all collections are placed art and design side by side, not in chronological order as is normal in many other museums. This allows for an experience of contrasts, similarities and sometimes fluid transitions between the styles of earlier eras and those of today.

The collection of Chinese art

The collection of Chinese art is one of Europe`s finest. In 1886, the Bergensian Munthe aged 22, traveled to China and after volunteering to join the Chinese army he was later appointed to the rank of general. He was a passionate admirer of Chinese art and culture and he donated his art collection to his birth town Bergen. The collection’s main attractions, namely the sculptures, all have Buddhist motifs. The Chinese Collection is the Norway’s largest collection of Chinese art.
The Chinese Collection - Norway’s largest collection of Chinese art.

The singer collection

The singer collection donated by the American supreme businessman and painter William Singer includes European art, oriental items and furniture. This exhibition is available to groups by appointment only. The museum is suitable for wheelchairs.

The silver treasure

For centuries Bergen was Norway’s key production site for beautiful and prestigious objects made from gold and silver. The museum is the repository for Norway’s largest private collection of Bergen silver, which is presented together with the museum’s own holdings and deposits from other museums. These objects represent Norway’s foremost classic handcraft. Here at the silver treasure will find tankards, drinking vessels, goblets, terrines, snuffboxes, silverware, jewellery and other objects from the 16th through 20th cen.

Open:
Summer: May 15 — Septeber 14: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. all days
Winter: September 15 — May 14: 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tue. – Sun.

Prices: 50,- (a), free (c) under 16 years), 40,- (p/s)
Guide: N, GB
Situated: Bergen centre, Permanenten is situated at Nordahl Bruns gate 9, next to the music pavilion in the city centre’s municipal park, a two minutes’ walk from Torgalmenningen.
Cafè: Zupperia

Permanenten West Norway Museum of Decorative Art
Nordahl Brunsgate 9, N-5014 Bergen
Tel. (+47)55 33 66 33
E-mail: permanenten@kunstmuseene.no
Internet: http://www.kunstmuseeneibergen.no
Permanent Exhibition Building at Permanenten West Norway Museum of Decorative Art



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