Everything We Own

– the Art of Edvard Munch and More

Our final exhibition before the museum moves to a brand new building, will for the first time in history present works from all of our four collections alongside each other. This will be the last opportunity to visit the Munch Museum at its iconic building from 1963.

The exhibition will include famous works by Munch, including The Scream, Madonna, Vampire and The Kiss. In addition you can see other gems from artist like Amaldus Nielsen, Harriet Backer, Ludvig Ravensberg, Teddy Røwde, Jakob Weidemann and Johan Berner Jakobsen.

The exhibition will also offer visitors a rare opportunity to see the work that goes on behind the scenes at the museum. The move to Bjørvika involves a major conservation effort, and as part of this exhibition we will bring our conservation activities into the gallery space, allowing visitors to see at close hand what is involved in preserving an art collection.

At the heart of the Munch Museums collection is the extraordinary gift given by Edvard Munch to the people of Oslo in 1940. A less known fact is that the museum also owns three other art collections. These were also given to the public by the collector Rolf E. Stenersen, Amaldus Nielsen’s family and Ludvig O. Ravensberg’s widow. Together they provide a unique insight into almost a century of Norwegian art history.

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The exhibition will contain major works by Edvard Munch, including The Dance of Life, Madonna, Puberty and The Kiss. The exhibition will also include several landscape paintings by Munch, interspersed with landscape paintings from the other collections. The paintings will be hung chronologically, giving a unique insight into the development of landscape painting in Norway, from the 19th-century paintings of Amaldus Nielsen to Jakob Weidemann’s masterpiece Forest Floor.

In addition, we will display a true gem of Norwegian art history: Rolf Stenersen’s collection of naive landscapes by Johan Berner Jakobsen (1859–1939). Originally a fisherman from Northern Norway, Jakobsen taught himself to paint, and works by him were included in a group exhibition at Kunsthall Oslo in 2010.

The exhibition will also offer visitors a rare opportunity to see the work that goes on behind the scenes at the museum. The move to Bjørvika involves a major conservation effort, and as part of this exhibition we will bring our conservation activities into the gallery space, allowing visitors to see at close hand what is involved in preserving an art collection.