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New building to open at Queen Sonja’s Art Stable

Queen Sonja opens art exhibition

In connection with Queen Sonja’s 80th birthday the Queen Sonja Art Stable was opened in Oslo. Located just beside the Royal Palace the Art Stable has now for many years been an exhibition hall for royal history and modern art. Now a new building is part of the complex.

After several years of restoration, the Castle’s historic riding house is opened to the public in Oslo. The venue will become a part of the Art Stable and be used for exhibitions and performances.

In connection with the grand opening, King Harald and Queen Sonja have been working with with the Norwegian National Ballet to create an unique debut performance.

More events are planned in the new hall this autumn and winter. After the opening performances, there will be a careful trial of how the historic building complex can be used by the public through individual events. In December there will be traditional concerts by the King’s Guard and other Oslo based choirs.

The Riding House was built by King Haakon and Queen Maud in the period 1908–1911. For many years the hall were affected by decay, but after renovation work over several years, the building has now been made to look almost exactly as it appeared over 100 years ago.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.