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Van Gogh+Munch in Oslo

HRH Princess Beatrix to open Van Gogh+Munch in Oslo

OSLO/NORWAY: Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands will open the exhibition
VanGogh+Munch at the Munch Museum in Oslo on 9th May 2015, in the company of
Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway. The exhibition will for the first time present two
of the world’s most important European artists: Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch
– together for the first time.

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The exhibition will be open to the public from the afternoon of the same day, and be shown
at the Munch Museum until 6th September 2015.
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and Edvard Munch (1863-1944) are two distinctive and
influential artists. Both created art with a strong emotional content expressed via a personal
and innovative style, and both lived troubled lives.

This exhibition is unique because of its
size and number of important artworks – among which are a number of iconic masterpieces
as well as several special works that are rarely on display.

The exhibition will be rounded off with a section featuring works that the artists themselves
considered significant, so that in a sense they function as an artistic testament. These works
are gripping expressions of vital themes such as consolation, suffering, love, and the cycle of


Works such as The Sick Child, The Scream, Wheatfield with Reaper and Starry Night
over the Rhône underscore the kinship between the two artists on a deeper and more
fundamental level.

Van Gogh+Munch is the result of a long-term collaborative project between the Van Gogh
Museum in Amsterdam and the Munch Museum in Oslo. The two institutions administer,
research and present the most important and largest collections in the world of works by Van
Gogh and Munch respectively.

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. Foto Henning Høholt

Selvportrett Edvard Munch. Foto Henning Høholt

Munch Museum

The Munch Museum is a monographic art museum dedicated to the life and work of the
Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The museum has the world’s largest collection of Munch’s
art – 28 000 artworks – giving the museum a unique position.

The collection, together with Munch’s personal objects, tools, his private library and a number of photographs taken by the artist, was bequeathed by Edvard Munch to the City of Oslo upon his death.

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The Van Gogh Museum maintains the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van
Gogh (more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings, letters, completed with the art of Van Gogh’s
contemporaries – Impressionists and Post-impressionists.

Each year, 1.6 million visitors come to the Van Gogh Museum, making it one of the 25 most popular museums in the world.
The exhibition Munch + VanGogh will be shown at the Van Gogh Museum from 25th September 2015.

The exhibition opens 9. May by Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and HRH Princess Beatrix,

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