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“The Art Nouveau Centre in Alesund is a delight”

Jugendstilsenteret and Kunstmuseet Kube
Ranked #4 of 65 things to do in Alesund
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Owner description: Jugendstilsenteret is located in the old Swan Pharmacy from 1907 and is both a museum and a national centre of Art Nouveau. The catastrophic fire of 1904 left the town of Ålesund in ashes. The rebuilding created one of Europe’s most characteristic architectural environments in the Art Nouveau style. Jugendstilsenteret offers insight into this style by means of authentic interiors and objects as well as temporary exhibitions. We also work with documentation, education and consulting. KUBE is the art museum in the county of Møre og Romsdal and is located in the former branch office building of Norges Bank (1906) in central Ålesund. Through a diverse programme of exhibitions and public activities, the museum aims to promote interest in and knowledge of visual arts, applied art, design and architecture. KUBE develops and manages an art collection focused on artworks and artists with connections to the region. To enter the museum shop and café you don't need a ticket .
Reviewed June 10, 2014

Visited here for the 2nd time in May while on a Cruise to the Fjords. The centre houses authentic interiors, objects of the period (1904) and also an interesting Multimedia programme covering the period when the city was devastated by fire. An exhibition of works by artists of the period, Galle, Mackintosh,Munch, Bull and Knox. In an adjacent building Museum KUBE (all included in the entry price of NOK 75 with children and students at NOK 40) there are visiting artists. When we were here in May we just caught a beautiful exhibition of Art Nouveau exhibits of photographs of stain glass widows set up in vertical blocks and lit from within. It was breathtaking. I treated myself to a large coffee table book on Art Nouveau works of art with one of my favourites adorning the cover, Klimt's The Kiss. Norway is not a cheap place to visit for us but my word, it is worth every penny.

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Reviewed May 27, 2014

You find more jugend history and interesting architecture by walking around in downtown Alesund then in the house i question. As a local who has heard a lot propaganda for this institution it was a big disappointment

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

They have some quite splendid Art Nouveau pieces: jewellery, table ware, furniture and stained glass windows.
Also the description of how Alesund was rebuilt after the fire was most instructive.
However, one wonders how much they are trying to attract international visitors as many of the exhibits only have a Norwegian description. This is particularly surprising as most Norwegians speak very good English, so as a minimum providing an English description should not be too taxing.

3  Thank Lewis_the_Barman
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

We visited here mid-week, great place to spend an hour or two. Staff very friendly and helpful, nice cafe with a good cup of coffee. Art nouveau beautiful. Well worth a visit if you are nearby.

1  Thank Norman S
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Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

This building is a beautiful and well preserved example of the period. The entrance is into an old pharmacy with the original shop fittings. Upstairs there are some beautifully furnished rooms complete with table settings. An enjoyable peek into the past.

Thank Rosemary215
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