The City of Oslo Art Collection has the professional overall responsibility for the City of Oslo's investment in art in public space and buildings. Our goal is to create good and relevant art experiences for the city's population.

About us

The City of Oslo Art Collection acquires, produces, manages, and disseminates art in public space and buildings. 

The collection consists of art that has been commissioned directly from artists, through open competitions, given as gifts, or purchased. 

The City of Oslo Art Collection also produces temporary and situation-specific works in the city's public space, and in connection with Oslo's urban development.

About the collection

The City of Oslo Art Collection includes works from the 16th century to the present day, and encompasses a wide range of artistic media and expressions - painting, sculpture, photography, video works, and performance.

Art scheme

Oslo Municipality's art scheme finances The City of Oslo Art Collection.

Each year, 0.4% of the municipality's investment budget is allocated to art through this scheme. The funds are distributed to permanent art projects, temporary initiatives, and direct purchases from artists, exhibition venues, and galleries. 

The art scheme also finances the management, conservation, maintenance, and dissemination of the collection.

"The Mother/Moren" by Tracey Emin at Inger Munchs pier. Photo: Istvan Virag
"BRAINSTORM" by Lars Ramberg at Deichman Bjørvika. Photo: Werner Zellien
"Bortenfor Blånene" by Vigdis Fjellheim and Torunn Skjelland at Lusetjern skole. Photo: Trond A. Isaksen.


The City of Oslo Art Collection is organized as a department within the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The Art Department also includes the Vigeland Museum and the art in the Vigeland Park.

To explore the artworks in our collection, visit our online presentation.

About the Agency

The Agency for Cultural Affairs is Oslo Municipality's professional department for art and culture and facilitates a broad and diverse cultural offering in Oslo. 

In addition to The City of Oslo Art Collection, the Vigeland Museum, and the art in the Vigeland Park, The Agency for Cultural Affairs manages grants and subsidies for art and cultural initiatives, holiday camps, voluntary youth and children's organizations, as well as the voluntary musicscene. 

The Agency for Cultural Affairs also facilitates the cultural space requirements and manages the rental of studios and premises. The municipality's Event Office, which advises organizers in Oslo, is also a part of the department.

The Agency for Cultural Affairs includes Kulturskolen, Byarkivet, Oslo Ladegård, Kultureiendommer, Popsenteret, Øvingshotellet, Rommen Scene, and Kulturnatt.

Copyright and the use of images. (Link)

The artworks are protected by copyright and are reproduced with the permission of BONO (Norwegian Visual Artists Copyright Society). Works cannot be reproduced without legal basis or permission from the rights holder/BONO. Copyright for artworks is administered by BONO.

All images on kunstsamlingen.no are owned by The City of Oslo Art Collection unless  stated otherwise. For use of images, please contact us for an agreement. The photographer must always be credited.