Edvard Munch’s New Home Is a Towering Achievement

Edvard Munch’s New Home Is a Towering Achievement

The reimagined Munch museum is a state-of-the-art showcase for the artist’s works.

Edvard Munch, Self-Portrait, 1895.

O slo's Munch Museum – like the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Dalí Museum in Florida and the Picasso Museum in Paris – is one of the world’s largest institutions devoted to an individual artist, and now it is reopening in an even bigger home. This summer, it will move its collections (28,000 artworks and more than 42,000 unique objects) to a 26,313 sq ft tower in the city’s Bjørvika district, next to other cultural landmarks such as the Opera House. Designed by architectural firm estudioHerreros, the environmentally friendly site features a facade that reflects the changing light of the city.

“We wish to engage and inspire by using our spaces in unexpected ways, and this new structure will allow us to widen our programme,” says Stein Olav Henrichsen, the director of the Munch. The structure in question includes 11 galleries filled with 200 works by the Norwegian artist on permanent display.

Oslo’s brand-new Munch museum, situated on the city’s waterfront, will be one of the world’s biggest institutions dedicated to a single artist. Photo: Guttorm Stilen Johansen / Munchmuseet.


The artist’s famous portrait The Scream, of which the gallery owns two versions, will have its own room, and The Sun and The Researchers will also be showcased separately, in spaces tailored to their monumentality. The temporary programme will include exhibitions of contemporary art and cartes blanches that see artists invited to work in dialogue with the collection. Outside the museum stands the 9m-high figurative sculpture The Mother by Tracey Emin, a longstanding Munch fan.

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