C. LUDENS RINGNES FOUNDATION
The foundation was established in 2003 by Christian Ringnes. Its aim is to build a solid capital base and distribute grants for public interest purposes, with a primary focus on the arts, culture, experiences and environmental protection. The foundation may also itself contribute to the mediation of arts, culture and experiences.
The foundation's main project is Ekebergparken in Oslo. Ekebergparken is a nonprofit organization which opened on the 26th of September 2013. Establishment, operations and maintenance are regulated by an agreement with the property owner Oslo Municipality. The foundation has through this agreement committed to make available a minimum of 300 million NOK to the park project. 100 million NOK for the development of the park, 100 million NOK for the purchasing of sculptures and 100 million NOK to a managing fund. The foundation has operating responsibilities for the park for 50 years.
The foundation was also itself responsible for the actual revitalization and further development of the area leading up to the opening in September 2013. All measures are subject to municipal control with continuous follow-up and reporting.
A professional art committee recommending the purchase and placement of sculptures to Oslo Municipality has been established. At the opening 30 sculptures had been placed, by the end of 2017 that number will have increased to 37. Further additions are planned for the coming years. The rezoning plan for the area allows for up to 80 sculptures.
C. Ludens Ringnes Foundation is led by a board consisting of three members. Christian Ringnes is the chairman of the board, Berit Kjøll and Øyvind Klevar are executive members. Ina Johannesen is managing director of the foundation and Ekebergparken.
Opened to much controversy in 2013, Ekebergparken cemented Oslo's reputation as a contemporary-art capital and, in particular, one devoted to sculpture. A vast forested public park overlooking the city and the Oslofjord is dotted with work from the collection of property developer and art collector Christian Ringnes, with artists represented including Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovíc, Jenny Holzer, Tony Oursler, Sarah Lucas, Tony Cragg and Jake and Dinos Chapman, and a few traditional works from Rodin, Maillol and Vigeland.
You'll need at least half a day to explore properly, and expect your visit to unfold more as a treasure hunt than a usual museum experience. While seeking out the various installations, make sure you visit the Ekeberg Stairs, a historic as well as breathtaking viewpoint, and the Munch Spot, the view that inspired The Scream (as well as a 2013 Abramovíc work). There are children's activities held in the Swiss-chalet-style Lund's House, where you'll also find a museum exploring the geological and natural world of the park, as well as an art and design shop.