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The Scream

The three versions of The Scream are displayed in a rotunda, each for one hour at a time as part of the permanent exhibition, Edvard Munch Infinite. This is done in order to best protect the fragile paintings. It's clear that one of the world's most famous artworks has gained renewed attention in recent years.

"The Scream is more relevant now than ever. In connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, The Scream has come to reflect our collective anxiety and fear of the global virus. Sometimes the effect is humorous, like when the Scream-figure is depicted wearing a face mask and carrying hand sanitizer," says Maren Lindeberg, head of press at MUNCH, the new museum.

Munch’s figure is also often featured on protest signs, particularly at climate change protests.

"Contrary to popular belief it’s nature and not the figure in the painting that is screaming, according to Munch himself who wrote "… a great and infinite scream through nature", says Lindeberg.

More Munch than ever

In the middle of Oslo, a new building right next to the fjord is shaping the city's skyline.

"The museum is filled with Edvard Munch’s art as well as exhibitions featuring other renowned contemporary artists. The museum is five times as large as the former Munch museum, so you can now explore more Munch than ever," says MUNCH's press officer Maren Lindeberg.

In addition to exhibitions, the museum hosts a varied programme of performance, literature, music, film, and dance events.

"MUNCH is a venue that presents cultural events for everyone, regardless of age, or background. The building is filled with culture, topped with the best views of Oslo and the Oslofjord. You can visit the café, or enjoy a drink at the rooftop bar on the picturesque 13th floor," says Lindeberg.

MUNCH aims to make Oslo more attractive to its inhabitants, and create another excellent reason to visit Oslo.

"The MUNCH is a great venue in Oslo. Architecture, a central location, and a calendar full of varied events will truly put art at the heart of Oslo, and give the museum a key role in developing the community. Bjørvika, the area where MUNCH is built, adds a new dimension to Oslo, which makes the city an international metropolis and an exciting destination offering a wide variety of things to do. Oslo is about to be reborn," enthuses Lindeberg.

Norway: Where nature meets art

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