The Munch Museum is one of Oslo’s most visited galleries, and is the first stop for art lovers from all over the world visiting the Norwegian capital. The attraction showcases the life and works of the famous Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch. When he died in 1944, he bequeathed his works to the city of Oslo. This collection was far more extensive than anyone could have imagined and as a result the museum was created to present these works to his fans. It was not until 21 years after his death that this architectural gem opened to the public.
The highlights‘Scream’ and ‘Madonna’ are his most known works and they are both on display here. The rest of the collection includes additional paintings, watercolors and prints, sketchbooks and other supplies. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, many other world famous artists have had their works displayed here, including another master, Van Gogh. To make the most out of your visit, join a guided tour in either English or Norwegian. Make sure you don’t miss out by booking tours in advance, as there is a limited amount of spots available. Visit the gift shop where you can get even more inspiration by the prints and publications on sale.
The man behind the paintingsEdvard Munch (1863-1944) is Norway’s most admired artist. He is known for his impact on the symbolist movement in the late 19th century. He also went on to pioneer expressionist art. He was strongly influenced by the works of his peers, such as Van Gogh and Monet, evidence of which can be seen in his post-impressionism works. The artist divided his time between Paris and Berlin until he decided to return to his homeland in the turn of the 20th century. In Norway, his works were influenced by the beautiful nature that surrounded him, resulting in the vibrant use of tones and colors.
The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo is centrally located and makes the perfect base for discovering the life and works of Norway’s most admired artist, as well as other city attractions.