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.
FUNCTIONS & VALUES
The main goal is to promote «the Rights of the Child» and in the future also serve as a research centre 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 longterm 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 a annual grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Cultural Affairs and subsidy from the Municipality of Oslo.
The strongest aspect of child art is the fact that the boundaries between life and imagination are often obliterated. Only a few adults are capable of preserving this ability, but then they may also become great - like Fridtjof Nansen and Thor Heyerdahl because they did not recognize the boundaries between dreams and reality.
Film director & Founder Rafael Goldin (1920-1994)