Edvard Munch: in Oslo in the new and wonderful museum dedicated to the great artist

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Edvard Munch offers us a new opportunity to return to Oslo and admire his works: one of the most beautiful museums in Europe, a masterpiece of architecture as well as art. This is the new The Munch Museum, entirely dedicated to him: the most important of Norwegian painters as well as one of the most influential exponents of Expressionism. It just opened in a sixty-meter skyscraper clad in recycled aluminum designed by the Spanish studio Blacksmith, and is one of the largest in the world dedicated to a single artist: 13 floors and 11 exhibition halls for a total of 26,313 square meters, which house the largest collection of Edvard Munch’s masterpieces.

The opera of the Munch Museum

Over half of his known works are now here. A much larger corpus than that visible in the first museum dedicated to him, in the Tøyen district (four times smaller than the one just opened). In all in the new new Munchmuseet there over 26,700 pieces between icons – like the different versions of The Scream (including an early pastel study from 1893 and a later painted version from 1910) and monumental murals such as The Sun (8 meters) – and other lesser-known masterpieces that testify to his visionary path. In addition to paintings, watercolors and woodcuts, for example, Munch also took several photographs: with his Kodak bought in 1902 he was one of the first artists to experiment with self-portrait photography. His shots are on display alongside printing plates and lithographic stones, as well as thousands of letters and around 10,000 personal items. Thus the museum also offers a journey through his life, which becomes virtual in a dedicated room where you can try a multimedia experience in Ekely’s home, in which he lived for several years painting mainly rural scenes.

The exhibitions

The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions: until January 2, to begin with, the great protagonist will be Tracey Emin, with The Loneliness of the Soul. Among the most controversial British artists, the exhibition curated by Kari Brandtzæg, makes her works dialogue with those of Munch to which they are inspired.

Architecture

All this in a spectacular and zero impact building which redesigned the skyline of the city: with its characteristic curvature at the top, the The Munch Museum stands out in the BiØrvika district, the heart of the new Oslo increasingly projected towards the future and increasingly sustainable. Indeed, it becomes its symbol, because as well as with recycled materials, it is built in such a way as to minimize energy consumption, and has not provided for parking for cars precisely to encourage green mobility (on the other hand, it is very close to the largest public transport hub in the city and to a bike parking with 100 seats). On the other hand, there will be many reasons to return: in addition to art, the many events that will follow one another such as concerts and talks and then a restaurant and two bars, starting with the panoramic one, on the rooftop to enjoy the most spectacular view of the BjØrvika fjord. In this gallery some images of the works and interiors of the new museum

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