Wednesday, 10 August 2016

KODE Art Museum in Bergen

KODE Art Museum of Bergen is situated in the very center of the town, on the shore of Bergen Lake in front of the Park. Since spring 2013 the Museum’s four buildings are named simply KODE-1, KODE-2 etc. These buildings combine into one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe. The collections of KODE include various masterpieces of world art from the Renaissance to the modern times. 

KODE Art Museum in Bergen

KODE Art Museum can boast a long and impressive history. The decision to set up an art museum was taken in 1825, in 1887 the Museum of Decorative Art was open in Bergen

Today KODE displays around 43,000 objects ranging from paintings, works on paper, sculptures, installations, videos, musical instruments, furniture and works of fine craft and design. The major part was received from private collectors. 

KODE Art Museum in Bergen

For example, the China Collection, one of Europe’s largest collections of Chinese art and artisanal handicraft. It numbers 2,500 items and contains all kinds of Chinese art, and spans a time period ranging from the early Stone Age to the beginning of the 20th century. The China Collection was donated in its entirety by the adventurer and general Johan Munthe from 1907 to 1935. 

The Silver Treasure was donated to the Museum in 2007 and contains about 600 amazing golden and silver objects that were created in Bergen for 500 years. 

KODE Art Museum in Bergen

Serious changes started in 2006, when KODE combined five museums in one: Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, Harald Sæverud Museum Siljustøl, Ole Bull Museum Lysøen, and the long-established institutions Bergen Art Museum (which includes Lyserket, Stenersen and the Rasmus Meyer Collection) and Permanenten – West Norway Museum of Decorative Art. 

The entrance ticket gives admission to all exhibitions at KODE 1-4 for two days. 

KODE Art Museum in Bergen

In order to navigate easily among the four KODE buildings, it is important to know general vectors. KODE-1 is former West Norway Museum of Decorative Art. It displays the China Collection, the Silver Treasure, objects of design, arts and crafts for the last 500 years and temporal exhibitions. KODE-2 exhibits the Stenersen’s collection. Modern art, permanent and temporary exhibitions, and the largest museum shop can be found at the ground floor next to the café. KODE-3 displays the Rasmus Meyer Collection, one of the richest collection of Edvard Munch’s works as well as Norwegian Art of the XVIII-XIX centuries. KODE-4 offers the largest, oldest and permanent collection of paintings from Klee and Picasso to Miro and Dali. KunstLab is situated there as well. 

KODE Art Museum in Bergen

KunstLab is the first in the country interactive museum for children and youths. Here visitors are free to explore the world of art through play and experimentation. The entrance here for all visitors younger 16 is free. 


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