Melgaard trims an unconventional tree

PHOTO FEATURE: Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard offered his own unique way of launching the holiday season in his homeland’s capital during the weekend. At the invitation of Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum, Melgaard decorated the museum’s indoor Christmas tree this year, and it drew quite a crowd to the museum’s lobby. The Astrup Fearnley Museet (Museum), […]

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.  Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend […]

Knausgård offers a new look at Munch

One of Norway’s most internationally prominent authors, Karl Ove Knausgård, has put together an exhibit of works by the country’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch, in a creative effort by Oslo’s Munch Museum to offer “a different, new and fresh look” at Munch’s artistry. The result is likely to at least delight all those who’ve complained for years […]

Munch painting fetches millions

Another painting by famed Norwegian artist Edvard Munch has been sold for a dizzying amount of money at auction in New York. After being appraised at around USD 50 million, it actually sold Monday night for USD 54,487,500. The painting is one of 12 known versions of Pikene på broen (The girls on the bridge), painted […]

Munch’s ‘Scream’ mystery solved

A mysterious smudge on the Norwegian National Gallery’s versions of Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream has plagued art experts for years. Was it intentionally placed there by Munch himself, or was it simply the remains of a bird dropping? Now they know. Advanced methods of analysis have revealed that the smudge, located just below the […]

Men jailed for ties to Munch art theft

Two men arrested earlier this week in connection with the theft of a lithograph by famed Norwegian artist Edvard Munch were ordered held in custody for at least four weeks while police continue to investigate. The lithograph has also been recovered. Newspaper Aftenposten reported Wednesday that both suspects are charged with possession of stolen property. It’s […]

New Munch Museum to rise as planned

Overriding another sudden outburst of opposition, Oslo’s new city government has declared that it will move forward with construction of a new high-rise Munch Museum on the city’s eastern waterfront as planned. A last-ditch effort to expand the existing Munch Museum at Tøyen instead has been rejected. “Now we’re counting on the museum opening at Bjørvika in […]

Melgaard faces more opposition in Oslo

It’s “artists vs. artists” in the latest protests to Bjarne Melgaard’s controversial project A house to die in, in Oslo. Local photographer-artist Per Maning is using his own art exhibit this winter to oppose Melgaard’s project, and plead with Oslo city officials to halt it once and for all. Melgaard’s house is planned for the grounds outside […]

Munch art thief nabbed again

Pål Enger, a Norwegian art thief earlier charged in the thefts of two of Edvard Munch’s most famous paintings, was facing new charges this week. This time he allegedly stole 17 pictures from an Oslo gallery earlier this month. Enger, age 48, is charged with stealing 12 pictures created by Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner (Terje […]

Munch’s art now harder to sell

Prices fetched for works by famed Norwegian painter Edvard Munch have dipped recently, with some auctioneers struggling to sell works on the block. Bids have been lower than expected with many of his paintings remaining unsold, but hopes were high for an auction in Oslo this week. The graphic works of Munch are still generally sought-after, reports newspaper Dagens Næringsliv […]