What have the animals meant to the city? And what has the city meant to the animals? An innovative and different exhibition about Oslo's history.

The exhibition «Urban Animals» tells a new and different story about the emergence of the modern city. The animals have long been overlooked in history writing, but in this exhibition, the animals play the main role.

The modern Kristiania, as Oslo was called between 1624 and 1925, was built by the horses’ muscular forces. In the decades around 1900, the city grew faster than any other European city and the population multiplied from around 50,000 inhabitants in 1850 to 220,000 in 1900. More than 10,000 horses pulled carts with materials to the city’s many new buildings and transported food and people around the city.

Based on cultural historian Liv Emma Thorsen’s new research, the exhibition shows, among other things, how the city was built by the animals. The story is told through a large number of paitings and historical photographs, as well as objects related to animal husbandry, animal bodies and cultural-historical film clips.

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