To celebrate the bicentennial of Norway’s constitution, the National Museum is mounting three exhibitions under the common title Norway 1814. These exhibitions will explore the art of the period in a new light. Visitors will be able to view many works that have rarely if ever been shown in public before. Venues: The National Gallery, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, and National Museum – Architecture.
In 1814, Christiania became not just Norway’s capital, but also the centre for an entirely new state administration. The exhibition shows how the buildings in the city’s Quadrature district were adapted for new functions. As its first debating chamber, Norway’s parliament used the assembly hall of Christiania’s Cathedral School, a space designed by the architect Charles Stanley, one of two figures who recur throughout the exhibition.
The other is Christian Heinrich Grosch, whose works also include the main building that now houses the National Museum – Architecture (the former Norges Bank in Christiania). Spread throughout the Quadrature, the exhibition explains both what has been lost and what preserved from the perio