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For the Love of Freedom

The Exhibition: For the Love of Freedom  is University of Oslo's main venue marking the Bicentennial of the Norwegian Constitution.

Photo-artist Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty and Professor Svein Harald Gullbekk were given a cartè-blanchè to curate an exhibition which explores the limits and possibilities of freedom, as seen at the crossroads where art and science meet.

The exhibition will be open from May 17th 2014 to January 4th 2015.

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Photo: Museum of cultural History, UiO / Toril Cecilie Skaaraas Hofseth

Bringing together a wide range of artists, out-of house professionals and our own staff, eight exhibitions have seen the light of day: The Heavy Load; Stairway to Heaven; The Arena of Freedom; Minus Five; The Fifth Room; Pride; Hells Angels and The Forbidden Lounge.

A wide ranging lecture program set in an arena filled with priceless artifacts, will create a stimulating environment for debate, provocation, reflection and dialogue.

The Heavy Load

Here, for the first time the public can view parts of Norway's Gold Reserve, known under code name "The Heavy Load". The treasure, kept out of the nazi’s clutches, helped safe-guard Norway's freedom.

Stairway to heaven

Stairway to Heaven presents “the smoker” as part of our disappearing cultural heritage. The exhibition explores the contradictions between the Norwegian anti-smoking laws and the freedom of the individual.

The Arena of Freedom

The Arena of Freedom is at the heart of the exhibition. This heart will hopefully pump a steady stream of ideas, themes, knowledge and questions into debates and other parts of the program.

Minus Five

2014 is the Bicentennial of the Norwegian Constitution, but what happened during the five years of war when the constitution was suspended? Minus Five takes a closer look at the years of nazi-propaganda and archeology during the occupation years.

The Fifth Room

To complement the Minus Five exhibition, The Center for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities will open an exhibition of WWII traitor Vidkun Quisling's bunker at Villa Grande, Bygdøy, called The Fifth Room.  


Pride is a photo-exhibition illuminating gay-life and the struggle for gay-rights in Norway from 1972 and onwards.

Angels from Hell

Angels from Hell is an exhibition of photographs by photographer Marcel Leliënhof, documenting life in the motorcycle organization Hell's Angels in Norway. For many people, the Easy Rider stereotype idolizing “the free life” outside society is an important symbol of freedom.

The Forbidden Lounge

In The Forbidden Lounge there are tales of censorship and freedom of speech portrayed by using these three elements : The Data-base Beacon for the Freedom of Expression, in Cooperation with Norsk P.E.N; an exhbition about the ICORN authors that are living in Norway.


By Tone Karlgård, Translated by: David Andreas Grønli
Published Apr. 7, 2014 9:01 AM - Last modified Jan. 19, 2021 8:54 AM