Galleri Würth is a small art gallery located 15 km north of Oslo at Würth Norway’s headquarters. When reading about Galleri Würth, I found it strange that an art gallery was on the grounds of a company that specializes in fastening and assembly technology. …I then found out from Henriette, the friendly gallery attendant, that Reinhold Würth has been collecting art since the early 60’s. Each of the company‘s 15 locations has its own gallery and has revolving exhibits filled mostly with Würth’s collection. Henriette went on to explain that Mr. Würth believes in the power of art to motivate employees and to enhance the work environment. (If only all company heads thought this way, right?!) The grounds of the facility featured beautiful walkways, futuristic street lamps and one funky fountain.
The gallery itself is beautiful…an abundance of natural light, wooden floors, and general calm (not to mention that I had the place to myself). The current exhibit (until January 11) is an homage in paintings to the German choreographer Pina Bausch by Arne Paus. Also on display were photographs of Bausch taken by Walter Vogel which were beautiful. (I was excited to learn that Bausch choreographed and danced in the opening scene of one of my favorite films, Talk to Her.)
I ended the visit by sipping on tea in the gallery cafe and chatting with the ever-informative Henriette. Although you’ll need to allow for a few hours out of your day to see this gallery, I highly recommend this little excursion out of Oslo.
To get to Galleri Würth, take bus 321 from Oslo Central Station to Gjelleråstoppen. Then, walk along the footpath in Dir: Lillestrom. Turn right on Morteveien and walk for about 5 minutes until you come up on the Würth grounds.