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The Lost Museum – Department of Humans

Posted on August 23, 2017

The Lost Museum is a pop up museum that is touring various parts of the world in different forms and formats. While the exhibitions are unique, the concept is always the same: to break established boundaries and categories, and to display art, historical documentation, everyday objects and curiosities side by side, challenging the idea of what a museum can or should be.  

In Oslo, this project is entitled The Lost Museum – Department of Humans. The exhibition is composed of objects from different archives and museum collections from all over Norway, and explores the way in which Northern European culture has defined and redefined what it means to be a human being.  

Artworks by Theodor Kittelsen, photographs of paranormal and psychic phenomena, masks, and medical equipment are displayed next to children’s toys, documents from the German occupation, and pictures illustrating rituals from earlier times. Traditionally, each object was once part of a separate history. They have been classified as art, historical or anthropological documents, cultural heritage, psychology, or medical research. However, once these objects are exhibited together, they generate new possibilities.

The Lost Museum – Department of Humans is suspended in the crossroads between fantasy and fact, reality and magic, beauty and hideousness. In a modern world, dominated by the struggle to achieve progress, efficiency and individuality, it seems that human phenomena, beliefs and experiences are often set aside. By calling attention to these overlooked human experiences, The Lost Museum offers a new way of understanding our culture. What happens when something that does not conform to rational modernity is lifted out of the archives?

The Lost Museum searches for disparities in expert agreements on the direction of art and science, life and society. In The Lost Museum – Department of Humans, the public can expect the unexpected – and look forward to an untraditional museum experience, and an alternative history of Norway.

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Munchmuseet on the Move: Merete Røstad, 'Chamber'

Posted on May 09, 2017

Artist Merete Røstad has created a customized electrical bicycle to travel across Oslo and gather different stories through conversations with oral history groups, local residents and by researching archival material from the “Office for the Vulnerable” in Oslo City Archives. The narratives form the basis of the sound sculpture Chamber, which creates a temporary monument over the lives of ten women in Oslo.  

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Munchmuseet on the Move and nyMusikk: Jana Winderen, 'Rats – Secret Soundscapes of the City'

Posted on April 12, 2017

In this collaboration with nyMusikk, Jana Winderen has created a new sound piece based on the communication between rats. The work will be installed underneath Nylandsbrua in Trelastgata by the mouth of the Aker River, and will be available from 08.00 to 23.00 during the autumn of 2017.

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Munchmuseet on the Move: Martine Hammervold-Austinat, 'Fall'

Posted on March 02, 2017

The Gamlebyen Sport og Fritid (GSF) skate park is an oasis by Dyveke’s Bridge that combines creativity, diversity and community in Gamlebyen (Old Oslo). Fall is a project by choreographer Martine Hammervold-Austinat with music by Åse Ava Fredheim and lighting by Silje Grimstad, performed by co-creative dancers Kristine Steinsdatter Jensen, Vibeke Sæther and Vigdis Langeggen. 

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Two-day Conference Modern Sensibilities: Contributors and abstracts

Posted on February 27, 2017

Between the time of Flaubert’s modern novel Madame Bovary and that of Munch’s establishment as a modern artist, the social world saw drastic changes, leading to a culture that explored sensations previously unsaid and unheard, unseen and un-understood. Munch himself spoke of the modern life of the soul to describe the intense sensibilities that inspired but also hampered him in his quest for an art that would be able to address those. Hence, we can consider Munch a conceptual artist of the senses (Tøjner). This is where Munch’s work meets Flaubert’s novel.

Bringing thought and the senses together, Tøjner’s formulation offers a starting point for a discussion of the issues brought up in the exhibition Emma & Edvard – Love in the Time of Loneliness, Mieke Bal, the exhibition curator, has invited five scholars from a range of orientations and disciplines, who – from different national and historical contexts – will present Munch and Flaubert in a different light, relevant for today.

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Munchmuseet on the move, 1857 and Whitelight Theater F: 'Fra smør til margarin'

Posted on December 02, 2016

Travel back to Tøyen and Grønland in the 1870s, and experience a cross-disciplinary theatre production that draws on the history of two buildings, which today house the art gallery 1857 and Whitelight Theater F.

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The Imaginist Bauhaus

Posted on December 01, 2016

This exhibition showcasing the avant-garde group of artists known as The Imaginist Bauhaus offers you the opportunity to experience works by Asger Jorn, Lucio Fontana, Ettore Sottsass, Karel Appel and others.

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THE MUNCH MUSEUM IS CLOSED 12.–14. Oktober.

Posted on October 07, 2016

The Munch Museum is closed Wednesday 12th– Friday 14th  October due to exhibition change.

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Munchmuseet on the Move presents: Fadlabi, 'På Gebrokkent II'

Posted on October 05, 2016

På Gebrokkent II (2016) drew on Fadlabi’s earlier publication På Gebrokkent (2010) with written vignettes from Tøyen and Grønland, and the performance series I always wanted to be a musician for the club concept Koèju at Blå (2009 –). Some of the earlier poems in “broken” Norwegian were displayed alongside new poems in Arabic in vitrines at Tøyen Metro Station. Fadlabi’s reading at Blå was accompanied by musical contributions from Ghandi Adam, Abazar Hamid, Mohamad Adelaziz Elrayeb Ibrahim and Truls Heggero with background videos by Ilavenil Jayapalan. 

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Munchmuseet i bevegelse - Kunsthall Oslo presenterer: Kai Fjell

Posted on September 14, 2016

The Munch Museum and Kunsthall Oslo are pleased to welcome you to the exhibition Kai Fjell: 'Scenes', the first major presentation of Fjell’s work in Oslo since the memorial exhibition at Kunstnernes hus in 1990.

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Munchmuseet on the move presents: Jon Benjamin Tallerås, 'wander ponder going yonder'

Posted on August 31, 2016

The art project consists of three parts, including the audio guide Footnotes, which leads from the Munch Museum to Tøyenbekken. The solo exhibition at a temporary space in Galleri Oslo includes a new photographic series in which the artist has documented some of the fleeting symbols found in Oslo. Earlier video works contextualise Tallerås’s on-going investigations into the urban landscape, walking the back streets, and documenting the concealed communication at play across the city.  

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Beneath the sun. Highlights from the Collection 31 May to 14 June

Posted on May 30, 2016

As we dismantle the exhibition Mapplethorpe+Munch and prepare for the opening of Jasper Johns+Edvard Munch the Munch Museum will be showing a limited selection of Edvard Munch’s paintings during the period of 31 May to 14 June. The mini exhibition will be hung in our lecture hall, where we also display the monumental drafts for the decorations for the University of Oslo’s festival hall.

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THE MUNCH MUSEUM IS CLOSED MAY 30

Posted on May 26, 2016

The Munch Museum is closed on Monday 30 May due to exhibition change.

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Munchmuseet on the Move: Marte Eknæs & Nicolau Vergueiro, 'Open 24 hours'

Posted on May 24, 2016

Artists Marte Eknæs and Nicolau Vergueiro have been commissioned to create a banner around the construction site of the new Munch Museum. Their 48-meter digital collage on PVC conceals but also re-envisions the construction site of the new museum, which opens in 2020.

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Munchmuseet on the move and Kunsthall Oslo: 'Spaces for art in Oslo: Prosjekt i Gamlebyen – PiG (1994) Revisited'

Posted on May 12, 2016

The first event of Munchmuseet on the Move (2016-2019) was a conference held on 8 April 2016 at Oslo Ladegård, in collaboration with Kunsthall Oslo. The conference revisited at the artist-initiated Prosjekt i Gamlebyen (PiG) from 1994, which was the same year the Stenersen Museum opened. PiG included over 80 artists’ commissions across Oslo’s Old Town; a publication of poems, novels, and essays; and a series of concerts at the now-demolished building Borgen.

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Munchmuseet on the Move: Sofia Hultin, 'I’m Every Lesbian - Oslo'

Posted on May 12, 2016

A journey through Oslo’s queer history with personal stories that would otherwise be lost. 

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Munchmuseet on the Move: Marthe Ramm Fortun, 'Stones to the Burden'

Posted on May 02, 2016

Marthe Ramm Fortun’s art project Stones to the Burden consists of a sculpture, a publication with commissioned texts alongside the artist’s travelogue, and a performance on Oslo’s number 20 bus route in August 2016. Tøyen as a site is the point of departure for this project, which investigates the dynamic between artist, audience and the public sphere. 

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Munchmuseet on the Move and the Young Artists’ Society (UKS): Hanne Ramsdal & Rebekka Nystabakk and Amelia Beavis-Harrison 'Celledeling'

Posted on April 14, 2016

Through an open call, the Munch Museum and the Young Artists’ Society (UKS) invited artists to submit proposals for art projects in the borough of Old Oslo. The jury selected two projects: Hanne Ramsdal & Rebekka Nystabakk’s writing workshops in Oslo Prison, and a new performance by Amelia Beavis-Harrison based on the resulting texts. 

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The Edvard Munch Art Award 2015

Posted on March 29, 2016

Camille Henrot is born in 1978, Paris, France. Lives and works in New York, New York.

The Jury statement

Through a number of projects and exhibitions of high quality and diversity Camille Henrot has within the five last years proven herself as an exceptionally talented and original artist. With her work Grosse Fatigue at the Venice Biennale 2013 she gained wide spread international attention, and since then she has continued to make thought-provoking new work.

In her artistic practice Camille Henrot uses a variety of different mediums, including traditional artistic techniques as well as new technologies. Seemingly effortlessly, she moves between painting, film, photography, drawing, sculpture and video to create intriguing, playful and thought provoking works, resulting in comprehensive collages and installations. In her work, Henrot deconstructs totalizing and universal systems of representation, knowledge and history, and thereby raises political questions of difference through anthropological research on a wide range of topics, such as ethnicity, identity, geography, gender, sexuality, biology, mythology and literature. The jury finds Henrot’s artistic practice particularly significant, in the sense that she sheds light on fundamental epistemological questions of our time where knowledge is continuously diffused, reproduced and diversified through an impenetrable web of information and communication.

Henrot is an artist in the process of developing her artistic project and career, and she is experiencing a growing international attention to her art. The jury believes that Henrot has a very strong potential to develop further in the years to come, and will follow her future work with great anticipation.

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No parking outside the museum during Øyafestivalen

Posted on February 05, 2016

We regret that due to Øyafestivalen there will be no available parking outside the Munch Museum until 18 August. We recommend public transport

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Visiting information

Posted on May 04, 2015

Please note: Cameras and filming devices are not permitted in the exhibition.

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Press reviews

Posted on February 12, 2015

A selection of reviews of Melgaard+Munch – The End of It All Has Already Happened


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About +Munch

Posted on February 06, 2015

During 2015 and 2016 the Munch Museum will present an ambitious two-year exhibition series called +Munch. Here Edvard Munch's art will be shown side by side with six other artists consecutively: Bjarne Melgaard, Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Vigeland, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jasper Johns and Asger Jorn.

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Two Iconic Artists in a Long-Awaited Exhibition

Posted on January 20, 2015

The art world has been waiting for an exhibition like this for a long time, says Magne Bruteig, who together with Maite van Dijk from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam among others has curated the first large dual exhibition of Edvard Munch and Vincent van Gogh since 1912. I have spoken to van Dijk and Bruteig about the similarities between the two artists, and the curators could promise both iconic works and works you may never have seen before.

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Out of Memos – An Exhibition Emerges

Posted on January 16, 2015

For many years art historian Trine Otte Bak Nielsen dreamt of realising "the ultimate exhibition" in which the life and work of Gustav Vigeland and Edvard Munch were shown together. Her dream has become reality in her very first project as a newly engaged curator at the Munch Museum.

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Doesn’t compare himself to Munch

Posted on January 16, 2015

Munch was just as important in the development of how we read emotional states as psychotherapy is today, says contemporary artist Bjarne Melgaard. This winter he will exhibit side by side with Edvard Munch, an artist he describes as his favorite.

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