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The Queen Sonja Art Stable

Queen Sonja Art Stable is located in the former Royal Stables. These buildings are part of the Palace that has not previously been open to the public.

The Royal Stables are worth a visit in their own right. Renovated for the opening of the Art Stable, the stables now appear as they did in their heyday - in the interwar years when King Haakon and Queen Maud kept their horses here.

Changing exhibitions are mounted in the Art Stable.

Current Exhibition: Open Doors

"Open Doors" invites the audience to experience more than 100 works by 50 artists from Her Majesty The Queen's own art collection.

Hedevig Anker's work from Bygdøy Royal Farm has inspired the title of the exhibition and is shown in public for the first time. Photo: the Royal Collections 

Queen Sonja has been collecting fine and applied art since her teenage years, and she describes it as an essential and indispensable part of her existence. Normally, many of these works are an important element in the interiors of the Royal residences. Selected works have now been transferred from their sites to be part of this exhibition, and the public is invited to experience a varied and highly personal collection of fine and applied art in the Art Stable. 

The Queen’s collection currently comprises some 1 600 works. These have been collected over a period of more than 65 years, and encompass mainly contemporary art. Around half of the collection consists of works by women artists. Most of the artists are Scandinavian, although some international artists are also represented.

Andy Warhol portrayed the then Crown Princess Sonja as part of "Celebrities" in 1982. Photo: The Royal Collections

The exhibition has been curated by Sune Nordgren.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster

Earlier exhibitions

The first exhibition in Queen Sonja Qrt Stable opened 4 July 2017. Here are some of the exhibitions so far: 

The Royal Stables

The Royal Stables were built between 1845 and 1848 according to designs from Palace architect H.D.F. Linstow. King Haakon and Queen Maud expanded the facilities in 1911. British-born Queen Maud was an accomplished equestrian, and the stables were remodelled based on those at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews. The expanded stables provided a number of new functions, including an equestrian arena with a spectator gallery and bandstand, a shoeing forge and infirmary stalls. 

The coronation carriage returning to the Palace after a visit to the Storting, January 1932. The Royal Stables had room for 38 horses. Photographer: Carsten Sætren, The Royal Collections. The coronation carriage returning to the Palace after a visit to the Storting, January 1932. The Royal Stables had room for 38 horses. Photographer: Carsten Sætren, The Royal Collections.

On Queen Maud’s initiative, a British stable master was hired. At one point, there was a staff of 13 grooms living in the accommodations above the centre stable building. The centre stable could house 38 horses as well as carriages, saddles and harnesses. 

After Queen Maud’s death in 1938, the practice of keeping horses declined. The last horses were removed from the Royal Stables shortly after the outbreak of war in 1940. When the Royal Family returned to the Palace in 1945, it was by car. The era of the horse had ended.

The former stalls have been retained as part of the interior as the building was adapted to become the Art Stable. Photo: Jan Haug, The Royal Court.The former stalls have been retained as part of the interior as the building was adapted to become the Art Stable. Photo: Jan Haug, The Royal Court.

A new era

The use of this venue was a gift to Her Majesty Queen Sonja from His Majesty The King. The Royal Stables had been used for storage since World War II. Now the building was to be converted into an arena for art and culture. 

The Queen Sonja Art Stable officially opened on the Queen’s 80th birthday, 4 July 2017, and was opened to the public on 5 July.  

The opening of the Queen Sonja Art Stable marks the beginning of a new era for the stables. Where the horses once stood in their stalls, the public can now enjoy art and history.

 

28.06.2022

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Opening hours 2022

The exhibition Open Doors" is open Thursday - Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00 until 13 November.

Please note

The Queen Sonja Art Stable is a small venue and can not keep open when mounting new exhibitions. Changes in opening hours are announced on Facebook and here on Royalcourt.no.

Dronningen i Dronning Sonja KunstStall under monteringen av første utstilling. Foto: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen, Det kongelige hoff.
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Tickets to the Art Stable

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and at the door. 

  • Adults: NOK 125,-
  • Seniors/students: NOK 100,-
  • Children (6-17): NOK 60,-

  • Children under the age of 6 are admitted free of charge
  • Escorts of persons with disabilities are admitted free of charge

  • Groups up to 30 persons: 3 000
    For group tickets, please contact us at [email protected] or use the form (in Norwegian)
Queen Sonja Art Stable: Entrance from Parkveien. Photo: Nina Ilefeldt, The Royal Court
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Artist represented in "Open Doors"


Anker, Hedevig

Barclay, Per

Bergman, Anna Eva

Borchgevink, Hanne

Brantenberg, Ulla-Mari

Breivik, Bård

Brunner, Frank

Brørby, Severin

Carlsen, Bjørn

Chihuly, Dale

Cronqvist, Lena

Debré, Olivier

Dolven, Anne Katrine

Ertsland, Alf

Gundersen, Anne

Hansen, Tore

Heske, Marianne

H.M. Dronning Margrethe

Homstvedt, Håvard

Johannessen, Jens

Johannessen, J. Vincent (??)

Johns, Jasper

Kivinen, Tiina

Kleiva, Per

Klim, Karen

Kristensen, Steinar Haga

Kyllingstad, Roald

Leversby, Dag Erik

Motzfeldt, Benny

Nupen, Kjell

Opdahl, Ørnulf

Pajak, A

Pihl, Thomas

Rickhard, Leonard

Roalkvam, Terje

Rosenquist, James Albert

Rumohr, Knut

Rusova, Zdenka 

Sitter, Inger

Slaattelid, Mari

Sobieraj, Edyta

Tingleff, Marit

Tordhol, R

Torvund, Gunnar

Tufta, Bjørn-Sigurd

Tveter, Kåre

Vigeland, Pål

Værslev, Fredrik

Warhol, Andy

Wyller, Sverre

Ørnvall, Liv

Lena Cronqvist: Lille Leda, 1994. Olje på lerret. Foto: De kongelige samlinger