The Art of Oslo
Norway’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch, was raised and studied in Oslo at the end of the 19th century. It’s here that that the painter, most famous for his work The Scream, decided to move beyond the then fashionable style of Impressionism and embrace Expressionism. “No longer should interiors be painted, people reading and women knitting,” he wrote. “There would be living people, breathing and feeling, suffering and loving.” This summer, Munch, famous for his emotionally charged paintings that retain their compelling vibrancy a century after they were painted, will be seen side-by-side with another artist whose pictorial language is equally compelling: Vincent Van Gogh. Roughly 70 paintings and 30 works from both masters will be on display at the Munch Museum from May 7 to September 6, 2015. If your introduction to Munch makes you want to learn more about the life of this fascinating figure, the Munch trail is an easy bike ride from the city center. Stops include Engelaug østre (his birthplace) and By farm (the birthplace of his wife, Sophie). For more information, visit http://bit.ly/InnovationNorwayOslo
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Best known for his painting The Scream, Norwegian artist Edvard Munch was a prolific modern artist whose Symbolist style is displayed at the Munch Museum. The artist donated over 1,000 paintings, 18,000 prints, 500 printing plates and more than 2,000 books, notebooks, documents, photographs and pieces of furniture to the city of Oslo upon his death. A new Munch Museum will open in 2019. (The original Scream is located at Oslo’s National Museum.)
By Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström, AFAR Local Expert
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!
By Aryn Hill
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