Last weekend when we enjoyed being a tourist in our own town we visited the Nobel Peace Center for the first time. The Nobel Peace center is created by a Norwegian Foundation initiated by the Parlament in 2000, and opening in 2005.
Nobel Peace Center, Photo by RennyBA
The Nobel Peace Center is located between the City Hall and Akerbrygge in the refurbished building of the Old Western Train Station. The purpose of the Nobel Peace Center is to provide information about the Peace Prize winners, Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Peace Prize, current conflicts and international peace efforts, exhibitions, lectures, conferences and other activities for children and adults.
Called Norway’s most modern museum, it provides permanent and temporary exhibitions on topics related to war, peace and conflict resolution. Here you see some of the 96 screens which are surrounded by 1000 sparkling LED-stalks of the Peace Garden. Each screen displays information about a different Nobel Peace Prize winner. The screen responds when a person approaches and talls the winner’s history and work.
Currently they have opened a new exhibit called Courage and Resistance which expresses through art the struggles of South Africa. The exhibits give small glimpses of the daily political struggle in South Africa, as well as great highlights from the lives of four South African leaders, each of which were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize: Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, Frederik Willem de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.
The exhibition is on loan from South Africa and was first shown during the Norwegian Royal couple’s visit to South Africa last fall, as an initiative of the Nobel Peace Centre and the Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town. We now have the privilege of enjoying it here in Norway on display until October, 2010. You know what is coming now don’t you…yes that means that you too can experience this exhibit if you like when joining the Oslo Blog Gathering 2010!! So look forward to checking it out!