The exhibition’s brief title MUSEUM will demonstrate the conditions governing the appreciation of art. The viewer’s reactions will differ according to whether art is seen in a museum collection, or as freshly-created works in a private gallery, in a private home or as work commissioned for embellishment. As modern art and contemporary art often evolve in a meaningful interplay with other art, the museum collection is an excellent place in which to illustrate some of these correlations. It is also a well-known fact that the newest art gives grounds to look at somewhat older art with new eyes. The exhibition recognizes this fact and will be showing new acquisitions, while at the same time revitalizing some of the older works in the collection. Today, the relationship between the general public and the museum is twofold: On one hand a search for recognition and renewed affirmation by viewing familiar works known to belong to the museum, and on the other the expectation of finding something new and encountering surprises.Today’s museums are geared to meet both these expectations and MUSEUM will endeavour to be visually stimulating and to offer our viewers new experiences. The Astrup Fearnley Museum welcomes its frequent visitors and cordially extends an invitation to new visitors.