Despite strong objections from a relatively unified cultural field, Norwegian authorities insist on demolishing the Y-blokka in Oslo’s Government Quarter. Collected here is Kunstkritikk’s coverage of the case.
MoMA in New York has asked the Norwegian authorities to reconsider demolishing the ‘Y-blokka’ building. Minister Nikolai Astrup believes that nothing new has emerged to change the decision.
‘The state has gotten permission to exercise complete discretion in any planning case, and that’s scary’, says Gisle Løkken, president of the National Association of Norwegian Architects.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, preparations to tear down the iconic Y-blokka in Oslo continue. That can’t possibly be good for our democracy or our public health.
‘The proposal concerns only individual artists directly’, says artist Jan Christensen, the initiator of a boycott on art commissions for Oslo’s new government building.
In his day, Erling Viksjø, architect of the Oslo Government District, was called a “bulldozer” and an “enemy of culture.” Today, his own legacy is facing demolition.