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 3 BASIC FUNCTIONS OF THE MUSEUM:
PRESERVATION: We collect children's art from all over the world and perserve 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 summerperiod.
PRESENTATION: The Museum will arrange travelling exhibitions on different subjects both at home and abroad. Exhibitions can be sent to school, 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 catalogues and books on various subjects.
The Foundation of Children's History, Art and Culture in Oslo is not only pioneering as perhaps the first, full scale, public museum of child art, but it is also remarkable for the intellectual generosity of its conception. Rather than imposing an aesthetic, psychological, or pedagogical point of view on its methods of collecting it attempts, as far as one can, to let children determine what they make and to incorporate the full range of that material under its auspices. The method has involved setting a general theme - "Father", "Familiy", "Disaster" - to stimulate children to begin making art and then to accept whatever they do in response. The result is a remarkable variety and quantity of material from over 150 different cultures that may serve the interest of a broad spectrum of "researchers" from psychologists and educators, to artists, to children themselves, who are the most frequent and enthusiastic patrons of these galleries.
Jonathan Fineberg , Professor of Art History
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign