Tricked but not Disappointed: The Edvard Munch Museum
I'm on my RyanAir flight to Oslo and decide to start flipping through one of their magazines and find an ad for an art museum in Oslo with a big picture of The Scream next to it.
'The Scream??' I think to myself? 'One of the most famous paintings in the world is in Oslo? I've got to go!'
My little art history nerd heart was all a flutter when I realized I was going to see one of the most iconic images in human history. So, imagine my frustration when I found I had been lied to!
Well, not entirely. But mostly.
One of my favorite things about this museum was how thoroughly it covered the works since it was dedicated to only one artist. Many different versions of paintings were shown and you really got to see the artistic process. In addition, I learned that Edvard Munch was also a poet and he would often write poems and then do a painting based on his writings. In this case, the poems and paintings were placed next to each other and you could compare words to the image.
However, this museum does not have the version of The Scream that you know. Turns out, the painting that is most recognizable is at the center of Oslo in the National Museum.
But, even though I didn't see The Scream, I got a great grasp of this artist's works and a first hand account of many of his other paintings so my art history nerd heart could rest easy that night. Besides, this just gives me an excuse to one day go back to Oslo!