Dedicated to the life and work of Norway's greatest painter, Edvard Munch (1863-1944), the Munch Museum contains a vast collection of paintings, graphic art, drawings, watercolors and sculptures from the great artist's life. Containing almost 28,000 works of art in addition to personal effects and tools - even his private library - the museum also puts on special exhibits devoted to particular aspects of Munch's work through film screenings, concerts, guided tours and lectures.
When Edvard Munch created this work - Death in the Sickroom – it was remembering the death of his beloved sister, Sophie. Minch’s mother died in 1868, leaving Edvard, who was 5, his three sisters and younger brother the boy's deepest affection resided with Sophie, his older sister. Her death nine years later at age 15, also of tuberculosis, lacerated him for life. Dying, she asked to be lifted out of bed and placed in a chair; Munch, who painted many compositions of her illness and last days, kept that chair until his death. Today you can see Sopie Munch chair in the Munch Museum. Munch talks about the wicker chair "In the same chair as I painted the sick one, I and all my dear ones from my mother on have been sitting winter after winter longing for the sun - until death took them away - I and all my dear ones have paced up and down the floor in anxiety". "I inherited two of mankind's most frightful enemies—the heritage of consumption (TB) and insanity—illness and madness and death were the black angels that stood at my cradle," he wrote.
at the time of the painting the scream his sister was hospitalized for insanity the Scream was painted in 1893 she died 3 months latter look at his Painting death in a sick room sopie and anxiety sister Sorn
Ordinary opening hours 2014:
Monday - Sunday: 11- 17
Summer season 15 June - 30 September:
Monday - Sunday 10 - 17
Open guided tours in English in July and August every day at 13:00 (with valid ticket to the museum).
Admission fee: Adults: 95 NOK Children 19: free
Oslo Pass: free
This museum is dedicated to Norway's most famous artist, Edward Munch. Munch is most famous for his painting "Scream" and for an ahead of its time, gothic style. The "Scream" is also famous for having 2 different versions of it stolen from Oslo museums in the last 10 years.
One of the most popular museum which has the distction to be home of "The Scream". Together with the Mona Lisa and van Gogh's sunflower paintings, "The Scream" is one of the world's best known paintings. Little do people know that there are four editions of this painting as well as several lithografies. The Munch Museum owns two of the paintings, a third one is in the nearby National Gallery. Other well-known paintings by Munch include "Death of Marat", "Madonna" and "Vampire". His work is seenas pioneering in expressionist art.
The Munch Museum owns more than 20 000 works by Munch and the exhibition is changed frquently. Therefore, you might see a lot of different exhibits on two separate visits. The well-known work are however always present if they are not on loan to other museums.
Even though my friend was not a fierce museum goer and I don't consider myself to be an expert on art, we both enjoyed this place. I would recommend it to anyone, even if you are only slightly interested in art. We spent around two hours in the museum, add or take a little depending on your interest in art.
Munch museum is on the Oslo card scheme and Munch products are much desired so why not visit to check out what the stealing stints were all about. Funny, with his high sensitivity, Munch has predicted a problem in the future so, as if as an insurance policy against oblivion he has created more than one “Scream”. If one original is stolen or ruined there is another specimen for posterity! This undermines a bit its price range but he would have metamorphosed into another world by then so not much to worry there. Warning! Step back and arm yourself with tolerance since this fellow’s paintings reveal a rather disturbed personality. Fare chunk of “understanding” is necessary to accommodate the opinions of his numerous fans and not lump them in the same category. Nevertheless, Munch is a painter who is definitely not for the faint-hearted. The museum extras include a nice cafeteria with outside chairs and bird touts where one can munch on expensive but tasty sandwiches and support art in the process. Moreover, it is located slightly off an area that is taken over by immigrants from the Islamic part of the world which in turn is a must-see “attraction” in the light of recent killings on a mass scale in Oslo. But this seems to be another story, or is it?
The painter Edvard Munch (1863 - 1944) has a unique position in the Nordic countries, as one of the pioneers of expressionism. Together with Van Gogh, Munch is regarded as the main source of German Expressionism. After studies in Norway, Edvard Munch spent several years in France and Germany from where he found influences and inspiration. The Munch Museum contains Edvard Munch's bequest to the city of Oslo, a vast collection of his own paintings, drawings and graphic works. Through changing exhibitions, the museum demonstrates the wide scope of his artistic output.
Th Munch Museum is an interesting place to visit - and certainly gives the visitor a better understanding of what Edvard Munch was all about.
Edvard Munch is considered a pioneer in expressionism, as were artists such as Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh. The Munch Museum's collection consists of 1,100 paitings, 3,000 drawings and 18,000 graphical prints. The exhibitions are changed frequently, and this will in time permit the entire collection to be seen by the public.
It is away from the city centre and you need to travel by bus or metro - quick journey by both methods.
The museum shows the artwork of Norways best known painter: Edward Munch. I'm not to found of his paintings, but a lot of people find his paintings incredible.
The entrance fee is 60 NOK (15. oct 2003), but free if you have the Oslo-card.
This painter is really interesting with his art. Most favourite painting "The scream" is there too. As I was informed, it was stolen from this museum later.
I liked his modern art and understanding of life.
I really loved this museum. When Edvard Munch died in 1944 he left all of his art to the city of Oslo. He is Norway’s most famous painter and internationally famous as well. Two of his most famous paintings are The Scream (one of my favorite paintings) and Madonna. Both of these paintings were stolen from the museum in 2004. They were literally taken off the walls and out the door during museum hours. They were recently recovered but there was some damage to them so disappointingly they were being repaired while we were there (end May 2007). Munch did create several versions of the paintings before the final versions so those were at the museum during our visit.
Because the museum owns literally thousands of paintings, drawings, and prints by Munch, the exhibits are changed frequently. There are also temporary exhibits by other artists.
Photography is allowed but no flash or tripods.
Bags and large backpacks must be place in lockers (fee).
NOK 75,- per person for adults
NOK 40,- for students, seniors (+67) and children over 7 years old
Children under 7: Free entrance
Sept. 1st - May 31st: Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mondays closed
June 1st - August 31st: Every day from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was a pioneer of Expressionism, together with Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh. The Munch Museum contains a broad collection of his works. The collection comprises of Edvard Munch's testamentary gifts to the City of Oslo with 11,000 paintings, 3000 drawings and 18,000 graphic prints (source: VisitOslo booklet). My favourite paintings are: "Skrik", "Madonna", "Pikene på Broen".
A great side trip in Oslo is to hit the Munch museum and then walk the botanical gardens that are across the street at the university. This makes the trip more worth it since the museum is not near the center of town where most of the sites are.
Sadly, The Scream was stolen and was missing at the time. Coming form the land where museum workers practically scream at you if you get too close (U.S.), I cannot imagine how lax things must have been but now the place is locked down. Good thing too because there is still a lot of great art here. Seeing a one artist museum may not sound that great but it allows you to really learn about them and see his whole career span.
The gardens make for a nice, relaxing escape from the city.