Experience impressive artwork, exciting stories and magnificent viewing rooms. The rich art and cultural heritage from Telemark has national value, and together with contemporary art from several of the country’s most renowned artists, Telemark Art Museum offers great art experiences. See historical exhibitions with art from the Norwegian Golden Age and our common industrial history, as well as current contemporary art and let yourself be inspired by both the past and the present.
The exhibition presents artists who questioned and criticized their own contemporary society, both through explicit political expressions in their art and by shedding light on aspects and themes they believed the public should care about.
The exhibition focuses on politically motivated art from the 1930s and 1940s, with a central emphasis on Reidar Aulie and Arne Ekeland. The iconic works such as Kjartan Slettemark’s “Nixon Visions” and Per Kleiva’s “Blad frå Imperialismens dagbok I-III,” which are among the most well-known examples of politically charged art in Norwegian art history, are an integral part of the exhibition.
The exhibition is a collaboration with KUNSTSILO.
Telemark Art Museum is located in a beautiful industrial hall from the last century. In addition to historical works of art, exciting contemporary art and inspiring industrial heritage, the premises are used for lectures, concerts and events. Fancy a tasty snack or a pleasant lunch? Then we recommend a trip to the cafe. And the museum shop? Almost no one leaves empty-handed. Plan your visit here
The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum (NIA) was founded in 1983. The goal is to manage and communicate the unique history of local hydropower, industry and society. Every year we welcome almost 100,000 guests to our seven visitor sites.
NIA consists of Vemork, Telemark Art Museum, the Rjukan Railway, Heddal Open-air Museum, Tuddal Open-air Museum, Tinn Museum and Krokan. In addition to the visitor sites, NIA has significant activities related to the management of more than 110 cultural-historical buildings, 2 large vessels, several quays, a large art collection, archives, photographs and collections within our field.