Police drop complaint over Munch-Melgaard exhibit

A controversial video that’s part of an equally controversial art exhibit at Oslo Munch Museum does not violate Norwegian law, police attorneys have ruled. The Oslo Police District announced it would not pursue a complaint filed against the museum two weeks ago. The exhibit, which pairs the art of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch with contemporary expatriate […]

Munch-Melgaard exhibit draws police complaint

Oslo’s Munch Museum confirmed on Monday that a portion of its current controversial exhibit, which draws ties between the work of Norwegian artists Edvard Munch and Bjarne Melgaard, had been reported to the police. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that it remained unclear who had filed the complaint with the police. “We are aware that a complaint has […]

Museum surprised by ‘new’ Munch art

The startling discovery of 21 works of art by famed Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, revealed over the weekend, also surprised officials at Oslo’s Munch Museum. They don’t expect any of the art will make its way to the museum, though, or even to Norway. The 21 prints and lithographs by Edvard Munch were among a vast […]

New Munch Museum finally approved

Oslo city politicians finally approved the long-awaited, hotly contested project to build a new Munch Museum, replacing the current museum in the city’s Tøyen district. The new museum that will rise next to the Opera House on Oslo’s eastern waterfront is budgeted to cost NOK 2.8 billion (USD 430 million). It’s taken the politicians several years […]

Artists try to halt Munch museum

Some of Norway’s most prominent contemporary artists have sudden rallied together at the last minute to try to block construction of Oslo’s long-planned new Munch Museum. They claim, among other things, that the high-rise design of the new museum building is not well-suited to display the huge collection of Edvard Munch’s art that the city inherited […]

UK gallery claims to have fifth ‘Scream’

A gallery owner in Reading, England claimed this month to have a fifth version of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s masterpiece The Scream. Experts at Oslo’s Munch Museum said there were only four known authentic versions of the artwork, and were skeptical about the origins of the painting. “My first thought was that this was too […]

Munch jubilee ends on a high note

Thursday December 12 would have been Edvard Munch’s 150th birthday, and it was being celebrated near the farm where the famed Norwegian artist was born in Løten, Hedmark County. The festivities ended a jubilee year that featured the most successful and popular exhibit of Munch’s art ever. Officials at the otherwise long-troubled Munch Museum in […]

Munch’s art wins place in the sun

It’s been heady times of late for Norway’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch. Long hailed abroad but seemingly ignored at home, Munch’s art itself is finally getting massive display, through a major exhibition opening this weekend at both the Munch Museum and the National Gallery in Oslo and, later, in a new, much larger museum […]

Majority hails new Munch Museum

More than half of Norwegians surveyed in a new public opinion poll were glad and relieved that Oslo’s city government finally agreed this week on a site and design for a new Munch Museum. Others, including many in the tourism business, were thrilled. They think the new museum will attract thousands of new visitors to […]

‘Historic day for Oslo,’ not for Frp

A city government compromise that clears the way for construction of a new Munch Museum at Bjørvika in Oslo was being hailed as “historic” on Tuesday. It led, though, to immediate retaliation from the Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, Frp), which had tried to block the Bjørvika alternative and now may block the entire city budget. Carl […]