A must see in Oslo: The Munch Museum
Munch Museum is one of Oslo’s most visited galleries and the first stop for visiting art lovers the world over. 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 Scream' and 'Madonna' are his most known works and are on display here. The rest of the collection includes over 1,000 additional paintings, including 4,500 watercolors, over 15,000 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 best out of your visit, guided tours are available in both English and Norwegian. Make sure you don’t miss out by booking tours in advance, as there is limited availability. In the gift shop, you can be further inspired by the prints and publications on sale.
The man behind the paintings
Edvard 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. Munch 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 at the Munch Museum, as well as other city attractions.