The International Museum of Children´s Art in Oslo, Norway is a pioneer institution, being the world´s first full scale Museum of Child Art. Today, the museum´s art collection contains art works by children and young from more than 180 countries.
The Museum was established in 1986 by The Foundation of Children’s History, Art and Culture. Film director Rafael Goldin (1920-1994) and his wife, Doctor of Medicine, Alla Goldin (1938-2007), have conceived and developed the idea of this unique Museum and collection.
It is said that children are people. But, people do not exist without a culture. Children are people who belong to the future. And they have the right to their own culture, their own art and history.
– Founder & Film director Rafael Goldin (1920-1994)
THE BASIC FUNCTIONS OF THE MUSEUM
PRESERVATION: We collect children’s art from all over the world and preserve it for the future.
CREATION: Children and adults visiting the Museum will be able to participate in activities: music, singing and painting- activities outdoors during the summer period.
PRESENTATION: The Museum will arrange traveling exhibitions on different subjects both at home and abroad.
Exhibitions can be sent to schools, art associations, firms and other organizations. National and international competitions will be arranged, which will cultimate in a traditional annual exhibition. The Museum publishes reproductions of children’s pictures, magazines, children’s art catalogs and books on various subjects.
The main goal is to promote «the Rights of the Child» and in the future also serve as a research center for the study of the history, art and culture of the child. The museum is beneficial to children as well as to adults and the collection is intended as a source of inspiration to both children and adults – including artists, pedagogues, researchers and politicians. Our long-term efforts are to develop appreciation of the value of children’s art and culture represent, at the same time, a struggle to protect the rights of the child. The right to have and preserve a culture of one’s own is an accepted principle, when referring to nations or segments of the population. In addition to aesthetic qualities, the Museum contributes to provide a better understanding of children’s visions and standards of value.
The museum is owned by the private Foundation of Children’s History, Art and Culture, which was established in 1980. It is governed by a board of members and the museum is a member of the Association of Norwegian Museums of Art and Social History, and UNESCO’s International Society of Museums. The museum receives annual grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.
The International Museum of Childrens Art has since its establishment in 1986 consolidated its position as an important institution, both at a national and international level. The need to further develop the museum’s potential, in larger and more flexible facilities, is crucial for the museum to be able to safeguard its social tasks and the cultural heritage of children and young people. Furthermore, the museum’s overall goal is to collaborate with new key participants, which whom one can jointly create values that will increase the interest in positive experiences, historical insights, dedication and social responsibilities. The collection is not only of interest to art appreciators, but will intrigue researchers across disciplines, from psychology to education. Contact: Director Angela Goldin – 0047 22 69 17 77 / firstname.lastname@example.org