Maintenance

Public Art Norway (KORO) has principal management responsibility for art provided by KORO for governmental purposes. This implies that KORO shall maintain an overview of the art, ensure that it is properly safeguarded and actively provide advice and guidance regarding management of the art.

Since its foundation in 1977, KORO has completed more than 900 art projects in governmental buildings and properties, resulting in the nationwide distribution of around 7,000 works of art to a wide range of institutions such as hospitals, post offices, prisons and colleges.

What does Art Management imply for KORO?

We distribute our art to public spaces where there is a general thoroughfare. Over time, the works of art are exposed to significant impact. Management of art in public spaces involves both the physical condition of individual works of art and securing the actual display of the work of art. Both aspects are of equal significance for how the work of art is perceived by the general public.

Proper management also involves procedures for notification to the correct body by the institutions in which the art is on display, when plans are being made to move and/or reorganise the enterprise in question. Work on preventive management also forms a part of our ongoing art projects and is required in order to secure a long life for and proper protection of the works of art.

Art displayed in public spaces is protected by copyright pursuant to the Norwegian Copyright Act. One of the entitlements for the artist laid down in this Act is that respect and consideration shall be shown to each work of art. In principle, it is prohibited to make any amendments to a work of art.

Having been assigned principal managerial responsibility for art owned by the Norwegian government, KORO shall maintain an overview of the art, ensure that it is properly safeguarded and actively provide advice and guidance regarding management of the art. The institution where the work of art is displayed is responsible for proper daily practical and financial protection of the works of art.

This distribution of responsibility is specified in the “Agreement relating to art from KORO” signed by both the recipient institution and KORO.

We do not have management responsibility for art that has been awarded a grant via our schemes for art in buildings owned by municipalities and counties (KOM) or art in outdoor public spaces (URO). We do however provide advice and guidance regarding the management of such art.

Who we are and what we do

Our art management staff comprises two conservators, one senior management adviser and one registrar.

We are currently working on a new project for collective management of KORO’s works of art. A nationwide survey carried out by KORO has indicated the requirement to form closer links between KORO and the institutions that have KORO’s art on display. Important target areas within this project include direct guidance both proactively as part of projects and in relation to our existing works of art, courses and network building in addition to the development of a two-way feedback system for the recipients of our art. Specific assistance when events occur that have an impact on the works of art, handling works of art, evaluation and preparation are all elements of our normal working day. KORO is also involved in communicating the history of the works of art displayed in a large number of public buildings where there is a general thoroughfare.

KORO's Art Database and DigitaltMuseum

KORO’s art database comprises governmental projects and the purchasing scheme for older public buildings and rented space (LES), in addition to selected projects involving art in outdoor public spaces (URO) implemented by KORO. The database shall be easily accessible to the general public, and we therefore register photographs and information on each project in our Primus collection management system. Primus has been developed by Norwegian museums as the standard data processing system for art collection management. Primus is operated and further developed by KulturIT, owned by Norsk Folkemuseum (The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History) and Maihaugen, and is financed with support from the Arts Council Norway. Information from Primus will automatically be displayed in DigitaltMuseum (Digital Museum).

DigitaltMuseum is a website and common catalogue of collections housed in Norwegian art and cultural history museums. The website is an important tool for these museums, in that the general public can use it to publish comments, providing new or corrective information on the objects displayed.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require guidance or advice on how to search through KORO’s art database in DigitaltMuseum. If you find incorrect information or have supplementary information, we would be very grateful if you contact us on email digitaltmuseum@koro.no.

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