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Munchmuseet on the Move

Experience different contemporary art projects between Tøyen and Bjørvika.

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Guided Tours

We offer a range of guided tours for our visitors.

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Children and Families

Bring along the children to the Munch Museum!

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Stockfleths' Coffee Shop

Welcome to excellent coffee and light lunch meals at our coffee shop in the museum.

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Munchmuseet Member

Experience Edvard Munch for a year! For those who are interested in art and culture.

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The Museum Shop

A varied and inspiring selection of products.

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BabyScream is a programme for those of you who are at home with a baby and looking to fill your day with ...

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The Munch Museum's Magazine

Learn more about the museums exhibitions and activities in 2016.

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Curator Tours and Lectures

The Munch Museum offers a number of events in addition to our regular activities.

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International Exhibitions and Collaborations

Our work towards increasing knowledge about and interest in Edvard Munch internationally.

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Conservation Work

The Conservation Department is responsible for preserving the Munch Collection ...

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From the collection


From the archives

Art and Nature

Art is the opposite of nature.

A work of art comes from the inner soul of a human being.

– Art is the picture's form materialised through human nerves – heart – brain – eye.

– Art is the human craving for crystallization. Nature is the infinite realm from which art takes its nourishment. –

Nature is not only that which is visible to the eye – it is also the inner images of the soul – images on the back side of the eye.

The Voice

Your eyes are as large as half the sky when you stand near me and your hair with gold dust your mouth I do not see – see only that you are smiling.

​He looked at her

He looked at her

How soft her mouth is how naked
her bowed neck
Her eyes were in shadow but sparkled now and again in the semi-dark.

They looked at each other in silence for a while
and then she laughed so strangely softly an
affectionate smile.

Finally he saw only her dark blue eyes trees
the dark houses the water beyond and the downy grey
air and the faint moon behind all this
merely formed a frame around the eyes

Moonlight glides across your countenance

Moonlight glides across your countenance
that [is] full of all the earth’s beauty – and grief
Your lips are like two ruby red snakes
and filled with blood like the crimson fruit
– They separate as though in pain
A corpse’s smile For
now the chain has been linked which ties generation
to generation–

As one body we drift out onto
a great ocean – On lingering waves that shift
colour from deep violet to blood red

– and then the Forest began

And the Little girls – how they were like
Women and the Little boys how they were like Men –
– the Little girls – shy impish –
graceful and wily –

The Boys – awkward – arrogant – naive
and bold – they shuffled about
obeying Nature’s Law –

– and then the Forest began – the
young Nascent wood – light green
Small spruces – like small church spires –
taller and more robust until the Forest
appeared like a great sacral