Can a staid new National Museum make Oslo the art capital of Europe?

Can a massive infusion of state money and high-end cultural openings turn Oslo into the “art capital of Europe”? The Norwegian government is betting on it. Its latest wager is the $626 million National Museum of Norway, which opened to the public on June 11.

Created by agglomerating Norway’s Museum of Architecture, Museum of Industrial Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, and National Gallery, the new National Museum (Nasjonalmuseet) holds a diverse collection of objects. How do you design a building that presents 6,500 pieces from a historical collection of 400,000 items while also carving out space for contemporary exhibitions? For the

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