A National Memorial for 22 July in Oslo’s New Government Quarter

In commemoration of the terror attacks of 22 July 2011, Norway will establish a national memorial in connection with the new Government Quarter in central Oslo. KORO is commissioned to lead the project’s first phase. After an open call for expressions of interest and a subsequent competition for selected artists, the winning proposal for the memorial will be announced in 2025.

The core group: André Gali, Trude Schjelderup Iversen and Mari Magnus. Foto: Niklas Hart.

Om prosjektet

(Norsk prosjektside)

On Thursday June 6th, KORO hosted an open seminar at the National Museum in Oslo where ten artists/architects/groups present their ideas for a new National Memorial at the new Government Quarter. The ten proposals are available here (websites in Norwegian).


The bombing in Oslo and the massacre on the island of Utøya on 22 July 2011 were the worst terrorist attacks in modern Norwegian history. Eight people were killed in the Government Quarter in central Oslo, and 69 were killed on Utøya, an island outside the capital that is the historic home of a summer camp organised by the Norwegian Labour Party’s youth wing (AUF). Most of the victims were young people. Many more were injured and subjected to life-threatening danger, both in the Government Quarter and on Utøya. The damage was enormous.  

The attacks were politically motivated, carried out by a Norwegian right-wing extremist targeting democratic institutions, the Labour Party in particular, and politically involved youth. The terrorist’s atrocities lack precedent in Norwegian history.  

In 2012, the government decided to establish two official memorials, one in connection with Utøya, the other in the Government Quarter in Oslo. The permanent memorial at Utøyakaia, the mainland berth for the ferry to Utøya, opened in the spring of 2022. A temporary memorial opened in the Government Quarter in 2018, which the permanent memorial resulting from this process will replace. 

KORO’s previous project relating to remembrance sites was concluded in 2017. You can read more about the process here (in Norwegian). 

The Project 

The Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development (KDD) has commissioned KORO to develop a preliminary project for a permanent national memorial to be established in the Government Quarter. You can read the commissioning letter here (pdf in Norwegian). In June 2023, the commisioning letter was updated. This letter is available here (pdf in Norwegian). 

The government has set off an area for the memorial within the Johan Nygaardsvolds plaza. At the foot of the historic Høyblokka building, the area is close to where the bomb was detonated and to where the entrance to the new 22 July Centre, a national remembrance and learning centre dedicated to the legacy of the attacks, will be. Along with this learning centre, the memorial will be part of the new Government Quarter. Accessible 24 hours a day, the new memorial will be a suitable place for commemorative events. The names of the 77 victims will be part of the remembrance site. 

The preliminary project will be carried out as an open call for expressions of interest, followed by a subsequent two-stage art competition for selected artists and architects. The winning proposal will be chosen by an interdisciplinary jury consisting of experts from the fields of art and memory studies as well as persons from relevant interest groups and affected persons. 

These are selected to make proposals for the memorial
18 September 2023, an open call was announced with application deadline on 1 November 2023. KORO received 220 applications from artists, architects and groups. 5 and 6 December 2023 the jury met to select ten participants for part one of the competition.

On 5 January 2024 these ten participants were announced:

• Anna Daniell
• A K Dolven and Cathrine Vigander
• Beate Hølmebakk and Per Tamsen
• Henning Sunde, Hanne Tyrmi and Rainer Stange
• Kjetil Trædal Thorsen and Jorunn Sannes*
• Marianne Heier
• Matias Faldbakken
• Merete Røstad and Jad El Khoury
• Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi and Shuddhabrata Sengupta (Raqs Media Collective)
• Sumayya Vally and Suzanne Lacy

*Sandra Mujinga was originally part of the Thorsen/Sannes team, but had to resign from her participation in May 2024 for personal reasons.

Memorials and Society 

The process towards realizing the memorial will involve the public, and KORO will facilitate open events with the aim of supporting public discussions and critical discourse around the histories and possibilities for memorials today. The conversation series Memorials and Society: expectations, negotiations and artistic articulations will be a forum for professionals in the fields of public art and memory work to share knowledge with the public and the jury.

The first event took place on 21 September 2023 with contributions by Mathias Danbolt, Jørgen Watne Frydnes, Trude Schjelderup Iversen, Mari Magnus, Camille Norment and Mechtild Widrich. A second event took place on 10 November 2023 with contributions by Anne Lene Andersen, Mathias Danbolt, Suzanne Lacy, Outi Pieski and Trude Schjelderup Iversen

As part of this series, KORO will host a seminar where the selected artists in the competition will present their proposals in a public setting. This event will be held Thursday June 6 at the National Museum in Oslo. More information here (in Norwegian).

The events will be streamed and documented.

Programme for the Preliminary Project 

KORO have developed a programme for the preliminary project that is an important part of the basis for the competition. The programme is available as pdf here:  


Contact Us! 

We want to facilitate a good and open dialogue with the public. We want everyone to feel free to send us questions and input. You can contact the project manager Mari Magnus at mm(at)koro.no.  




Johan Nygaardsvolds plass, Oslo  




Mari Magnus , KORO


Trude Schjelderup Iversen , KORO

Informasjon og formidling

André Gali , KORO


Marianne Borgen
Mohamed Abdi
Regitze Schäffer Botnen
Mathias Danbolt
Hege Maria Eriksson
Lena Fahre
Ingeborg Hjort
Nora Ceciliedatter Nerdrum
Camille Norment
Trude Schjelderup Iversen
Fabian Wahl Sandvold


Kunst til andre offentlige arenaer


Fall 2022


Spring 2023


Fall 2023

Open Call

Spring 2024

Closed competition, part 1

Fall 2024

Closed competition, part 2

Spring 2025

Winner is announced