OSLO, Norway, Jan. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - This year is the 150th anniversary
of Edvard Munch's birth. Munch (1863-1944) is one of modernism's
pioneers. The anniversary year will be celebrated with the largest ever
Munch exhibition in Oslo, as well as a range of cultural events in
Norway and other countries to celebrate Munch and his art.
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"Events are now finally starting," says Stein Olav Henrichsen, Director
of the Munch Museum. "We shall first and foremost celebrate Edvard
Munch, but we also want to increase knowledge, curiosity and enthusiasm
for his life and art locally, nationally and internationally."
The highlight of the celebration will be the "Munch 150" anniversary
exhibition, which will be on display in Oslo at the National Gallery
and Munch Museum from 2 June to 13 October 2013. With over 250 works,
"Munch 150" will be the most comprehensive presentation of Munch's art
ever to be displayed. The exhibition includes a large number of the
artist's foremost works, as well as lesser-known works, from both
public and private collections.
In addition, the anniversary programme offers a rich selection of
exhibitions, research conferences, film productions, concerts,
theatrical productions, walks in the artist's footsteps, book releases
and dedicated events for children and young people.
One of Munch's key works, "Self-portrait with cigarette", is also being
sent on tour. This unique travelling exhibition, "Munch on Tour", will
visit a total of seven exhibition sites in Norway.
"We hope that the anniversary will make Edvard Munch's art even more
accessible, and strengthen awareness of his great significance and
position within our international cultural heritage," says Audun
Eckhoff, Director of the National Museum.
The anniversary has been jointly arranged by the National Museum of Art,
Architecture and Design and the Munch Museum, in collaboration with a
number of private and public organisations.
The Munch anniversary comprises a total of 120 projects within Norway
and across the world
Officially opened on 23 January by H.M King Harald V, patron of Munch
The "Munch on Tour" exhibition features one of Munch's main works, sent
on tour from the north to south of Norway
Anniversary exhibition in Oslo from 2 June to 13 October in both the
National Gallery and the Munch Museum
Four films, 18 books, theatrical productions, concerts, conferences and
SOURCE: Nasjonalmuseet (The National Museum, Norway)
For further information:
Jean-Yves Gallardo, Tel: (+47)-992-89-629, Director of Communications, National Museum, firstname.lastname@example.org.