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The Twist: Museum puts a new spin on art and architecture

“The Twist” Museum – the first Norwegian project by the renowned architects at the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – is the latest addition to the Kistefos sculpture park in Jevnaker, located around 80 kilometres from Oslo. The new museum opened in mid-September, and is already set to become an icon. The building is designed to create a space for contemporary art in the park’s natural surroundings and is in itself an “inhabitable” statement artwork.

Sculptural architecture sets the scene for contemporary art

Constructed near the site of the former wood pulp factory on which the park is built, “The Twist” connects the banks of the Randselva river and serves not only as a bridge, but also as a 1000-square-metre exhibition space.

The unique building is shaped like a rectangle that twists 90 degrees on its own axis at its centre.

This unusual geometry is constructed from straight aluminium panels that are arranged like books, which are then gradually offset to form the twist. The twist motif continues in the interior with the white wooden panelling that covers the floors, walls and ceilings, which appear to seamlessly merge into one surface.

The Twist Museum over river
The Twist Museum river forest
The Twist Museum over river forest at night

The Twist Museum celebrates nature, architecture and culture

The bridge forms a continuous path through the natural landscape and creates a direct connection between the north and south sides of the park. From the south side, visitors cross a 16-metre aluminium-clad steel bridge to enter a tall space with unobstructed views down to the north end of the park. The north entrance also leads onto a 9-metre footbridge. From this side, visitors can take in panoramic views of the old wood pulp factory and the surrounding woodlands through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall.

A multifaceted museum with a varied programme

The twisted glass windows divide the Twist museum into three gallery areas: one on the north side and one on the south side, plus the space in between these areas.

Against this extraordinary backdrop, the museum will display an ever-changing programme of exhibitions with works from Norwegian and international artists. The museum’s first exhibition “Hodgkin & Creed – Inside Out” is open until 17 November 2019.

Twist Museum building inside

Art in the open

Outside the new museum, visitors to the park can enjoy a total of 46 works by international artists including sculptor Marc Quinn and Danish artist Olafur Eliasson.

The Kistefos sculpture park was built in 1996 by Norwegian entrepreneur and art collector Christen Sveaas on the site of his family’s former wood pulp business.

His vision was to preserve the building and the industrial heritage of the region while also creating a space for contemporary art.

With its unique sculptural architecture, “The Twist“ Museum has added an impressive new exhibition space to the park.

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