The World Celebrates a Fine Old Gentleman


Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is still considered one of the world’s greatest playwrights. 110 years after his death, you can visit the Ibsen museum in Oslo’s Arbins gate 1, and get an insight into his life and works.

Henrik Ibsen, the man with the full white beard, round glasses and top hat, used his sparkling pen to put into words how people think, live and feel. His portrayal of the individual’s personal fate at that time is still something which touches us today. Ibsen lived in the apartment in Arbins gate 1, which has been reopened to the public, for the last 11 years of his life.

In connection with the Ibsen centenary celebrations ten years ago, the apartment was refurbished with the colors and interior details of Ibsen’s own day.

The workroom, where many of his plays were written, is still intact, and stands just as he left it.

John Gabriel Borkman (1896)and When the Dead Awaken (1899) are the last works Ibsen write in this room.

The World Celebrates a Fine Old Gentleman, written by Tor Kjolberg

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