In 2013 all of Norway will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863–1944), one of the towering figures of modern art.
The main event during the sesquicentennial is the exhibition “Munch 150”, which will be co-hosted by the National Museum and the Munch Museum. This exhibition is the most ambitious presentation of Munch’s art ever, and with 220 paintings it will display the greatest number of Munch’s key works in modern times.
Highlights of the exhibition include near-complete reconstructions of The Frieze of Life(1902) and The Reinhardt Frieze (1906–1907). One of the aims of the exhibition is to inspire visitors to discover “their own Munch” as an ever experimenting, innovative, and relevant artist.
One exhibition – two venues
The exhibition is split into two venues. Works from 1882–1903 will be displayed at the National Gallery, while works from 1904–1944 can be experienced at the Munch Museum.
The Anniversary Exhibition will be accompanied by a well-illustrated catalogue presenting new perspectives on Edvard Munch and his art. All the works in the exhibition are reproduced. The catalogue will be published in Norwegian, German, English, French and Italian and will be available in the museum shops at both the National Gallery and the Munch Museum.