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Munch 150
dal 1/6/2013 al 12/10/2013
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Munch 150

The National Gallery, Oslo

In 2013 all of Norway will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863-1944), one of the towering figures of modern art. Works from 1882-1903 are displayed at the National Gallery, while works from 1904-1944 can be experienced at the Munch Museum.

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Curated by:
Nils Ohlsen (National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design)
Mai Britt Guleng (National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design)
Jon-Ove Steihaug (Munch Museum)
Ingebjørg Ydstie (Munch Museum).

The Anniversary Exhibition "Munch 150" will be the most comprehensive presentation of Edvard Munch’s art ever displayed. It will feature major works from all periods of his life and provide an overview of his enormous output.

The Anniversary Exhibition "Munch 150" aims to make Munch’s distinctive contribution to modern European visual arts even more evident. Edvard Munch was artistically active for over 60 years, from his debut in the early 1880s until his death in 1944. He retained his fresh and innovative commitment to art creation throughout his life and his pictures have inspired, offended and pleased several generations. Edvard Munch will be celebrated with this presentation covering all periods and central themes of his enormous life production. A total of about 220 paintings and 50 works on paper will be exhibited. Visitors will be treated to a number of his most famous major works, but also some less renowned treasures. Among the highlights of the exhibition are the almost complete reconstructions of his picture series The Frieze of Life from 1902 and the Reinhardt Frieze from 1906–07.

Munch’s changing portrayals of himself and the ways he repeated and refined particular motifs comprise a general theme. You will also see how Munch utilised places and landscapes he was well acquainted with in continually changing variations. The Anniversary Exhibition "Munch 150" offers an opportunity for a new experience and understanding of Munch’s ground-breaking contributions to modern visual arts. In his day he elicited anger and admiration for his unorthodox style of painting. His continual experimentation ensures him topical interest today as well. The enormous scope of the exhibition has been made possible through cooperation between the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and the Munch Museum. The works on display have been selected from the museums’ own collections and supplemented by generous loans from public and private institutions in Norway and abroad.

One exhibition - two venues
The exhibition is split into two venues. Works from 1882–1903 will be displayed at the National Gallery, while works from 1904–1944 can be experienced at the Munch Museum.

Daily during the period 2 June–31 August
The National Gallery 12:00 (English) and 13:00 (Norwegian)
The Munch Museum 15:00 (English) and 16:00 (Norwegian)

Every Sunday in the period 1 September–13 October
The National Gallery 12:00 (English) and 13:00 (Norwegian)
The Munch Museum 15:00 (English) and 16:00 (Norwegian)

The Anniversary Exhibition will be accompanied by a well-illustrated catalogue presenting new perspectives on Edvard Munch and his art. All the works in the exhibition are reproduced. The catalogue features texts by Patricia Grey Berman, Øivind Storm Bjerke, Jay Clarke, Hans-Martin Frydenberg Flaatten, Mai Britt Guleng, Trine Nordkvelle, Nils Ohlsen, Ingeborg Owesen, Jon-Ove Steihaug and Øystein Ustvedt. The catalogue will be published in Norwegian, German, English, French and Italian.

Open to public: 2 May 2013

The National Gallery - Sunley Room
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Opening hours:
Daily: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 9pm

Munch 150
dal 1/6/2013 al 12/10/2013

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