Munch paintings bound for Japan

One of Japan’s largest industrial firms, Idemitsu, has financially supported Oslo’s Munch Museum for many years. Now the museum will be giving something back to its Japanese sponsors by lending out some of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s most famous paintings for an exhibition in Tokyo, for the first time ever. 

This version of Edvard Munch’s famous Skriket (The Scream) from 1910 is due to be sent to Japan next year, for a Munch exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. PHOTO: Munch Museum

Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend that the Munch Museum will lend out 60 Munch paintings for display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum next year.

“We’re experiencing an enormous interest in Edvard Munch in Japan,” said Stein Olav Henrichsen, director of the Munch Museum in Oslo. “We’re looking forward to present him to a large Japanese audience.”

In addition to lending out paintings that will include Munch’s iconic Skriket (The Scream) from 1910, the Munch Museum will also send various graphics and photographs. Other Munch paintings to be shown at the exhibit in Tokyo will include Stjernenatt (Starry night) from 1922-24, Vampire from 1915-16 and The Sun from 1910-13.

The exhibit, reported Aftenposten, is due to open in October 2018 and run until January 2019. It will be arranged as a cooperation between the Munch Museum and Norway’s foreign ministry.

Construction continues, meanwhile, on the new Munch Museum rising on Oslo’s eastern waterfront. It will be much bigger than the existing Munch Museum that’s more than 50 years old and was never big enough to properly display all the artworks that Munch himself willed to the City of Oslo upon his death in 1944. The new museum, located adjacent to Oslo’s Opera House, is due to open in 2020.

The small collections on display at the Munch Museum, which also has constantly changing exhibits, has disappointed some tourists who complain on the museum’s Facebook page. More Munch paintings, including several original versions of his most famous paintings, are also on exhibit at Norway’s National Gallery in Oslo.

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund