Edvard Munch has his own museum. To see the most it offers, we can just sit on the sofa and click. Tap. Scroll. Swipe. Whatever.
Oslo is not too far. No restrictions on arrival, no quarantine back in the UK. Masterpieces of the greatest Norwegian painter are worth seeing in real but at the moment travel is not the activity people take easily.
Art revolution online
Covid-19 crisis accelerated the digital revolution in museums and galleries. Art lovers can now visit online the most famous of them, take a virtual tour through rooms, halls and corridors and experience the finest art up close.
Munchmuseet however has surpassed all expectations. Its online offer is so varied, so informative, so comprehensive that after such a tutorial anyone could be an expert on Munch art. Seriously, the amount of information – both visual and verbal – is impressive.
Munch art in every angle
The Scream is in the centre of attention. There is livestream broadcast focused solely on the painting. Everyone can just stare at it and speak with other voyeurs who are watching in real time.
Then there are clues to better understanding the work. Articles regarding its history and uncertain future as the colours of paint are apparently fading away. Texts on Scream’s impact on culture, and even about the infamous robbery during which painting was stolen.
Unlimited source of Munch
It is not all about one painting, though. Take video tours with curators discussing in detail particular pieces. Watch the exhibition of photos taken by the painter. Listen to artists speaking about inspiration or performing in front of Munch’s famous works.
Finally, there are thousands of paintings, prints, texts, drawings, photos in digitalised collection. It would take weeks to just explore and browse through.
If anyone still wants to go to Oslo, here is some useful info:
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 10am to 4pm
Adults: NOK 120
Students: NOK 60
Children under 18: Free