MUNCH opens after a long, bumpy ride

NEWS ANALYSIS: Thousands of Norwegians including royalty and top politicians were gathering in Oslo Friday night for the official opening of their new monument to the country’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch. They were all being reminded, meanwhile, of the decades during which Munch’s legacy was neglected, when officials in charge fought over funding and […]

Step inside Oslo’s new ‘MUNCH’

PHOTO FEATURE: Overwhelming and long overdue, Oslo’s newest landmark to house the works of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is finally opening to the public this weekend. The huge collection of Munch’s own work that the city inherited in 1944 is finally getting the exhibit space it deserves. It took the City of Oslo nearly 80 years […]

Oslo’s new beach opens below Munch

The Norwegian capital’s newest waterfront attraction was formally opening to the public on Friday, just in time for the summer holiday season. Oslo’s version of Waikiki has been in the works for 18 years. It was back in 2003 that the ground owners, the city and the state agreed on the massive redevelopment plan for […]

Munch gave museum some welcome PR

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch and his most famous work The Scream provided some welcome publicity for Oslo’s new but still-unopened National Museum last week. The museum’s press release about his “hidden graffiti” on its version of The Scream seemed to grab more attention around the world, though, than it did at home. Major newspapers like […]

Munch Museum opening delayed again

Norway’s new Munch Museum on Oslo’s eastern waterfront won’t open until sometime in the spring of 2021. Delays tied to the delivery of fire- and security doors, along with the Corona crisis, have forced the museum’s second postponement of grand opening ceremonies. “We understand that this is disappointing for many, also for us,” said museum […]

Munch Museum’s opening postponed

Oslo’s new Munch Museum has long promoted a planned opening in early June this year, but now that’s been postponed. Officials at the City of Oslo, which officially owns the museum and its priceless collection of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s art, announced Monday that the museum won’t open until sometime this autumn. They blame delayed deliverance of […]

Munch lithographs snatched in Oslo

Police in Oslo released photos of two lithographs by famed Norwegian artist Edvard Munch on Thursday, revealing that they’d been stolen some time ago. They were reluctant to release details, but the owner’s insurance company is now offering a reward for their safe return. One of the two lithographs stolen is this rendition of Munch’s […]

Get a sneak peek of Munch’s new home

PHOTO FEATURE: Oslo’s new monument to Norway’s famed artist Edvard Munch has been rising on the city’s eastern waterfront at a rapid pace during the past year. Its vast and invaluable collection of Munch’s art can only be rivalled by the views from the top of the new high-rise museum, which itself is said to […]

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 […]