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At this Oslo hotel you become part of an art piece

In one room you will venture into a dark room with an artist. In another, you’ll witness a play by a renowned writer.


A hotel is usually regarded as a place where you eat well and sleep well, but it can be so much more.

To give their guests extra value, some hotels are now offering innovative art and cultural experiences.

The design hotel The Thief is one example. Located at Tjuvholmen in Oslo, the hotel has the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art as its next door neighbor. The Thief are taking their conceptual hotel art to the next level.

If you have booked a room there within the next couple of days, you should definitely experience the art installation “7 Minutes in Heaven” by the American performance artist Amber Doe.

Amber Doe

Amber Doe.
Photo: Jens Bredberg

The installation is located at the Apparatjik suite, and is based on the teenargers’ party game. In this game, two people are selected to go into a dark enclosed space for seven minutes. There they can talk, confess something, hug, kiss or whatever they like.

In Doe’s installation, however, the hotels guest enter the pitch-black suite together with the artist.

You can say whatever you want, confess something you have done, and the artist tries to create a safe space for you.

“Our guests are ecstatic about this art experience. They are surprised that we are doing an art stunt in-house and that the artist is in complete control of the installation”, says the head of communications at The Thief, Siri Løining.

The Thief also have their own art curator, Sune Nordgren, who is a former manager at The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Norway. Through their collaboration with the Astrup Fearnley museum, the hotel exhibits art by world famous artists like Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.


Photo: Jens Bredberg

In Bergen, too, you can visit hotels that offer something out of the ordinary.

At Hotel Scandic Neptun you can see the play “Vinter” by Jon Fosse. There are only 30 tickets available per play, and the audience get a very intimate experience. The play is set at multiple rooms in the hotel.

In “Vinter”, a businessman finds an intoxicated prostitute on a bench outside of the hotel. Their story evolves as they move from the street to room 623 and then the hotel bar.

“We are very excited to see how the audience will react to a play with such an untraditional stage as Den Nasjonale Scene has set for this play”, says Terje Hansen, the manager of Hotel Scandic Neptun, in a press release.

“Vinter” is on at the Scandic Neptun until 1 October.

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