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Oslo Airport welcomes original work of art by Edvard Munch

Original works of art from arguably Norway's most famous artist, Edvard Munch, will be on display at Oslo Airport for the next decade after operator, Avinor, persuaded the Munch Museum to temporarily share some of its masterpieces.

A specially designed display case has been installed in the new international pier, to allow passengers to enjoy his work. 

The works will form part of Oslo Airport's extensive art programme, says airport director, Øyvind Hasaas.

"We are very proud to be able to show travellers from all over the world one of Norway's greatest artists," enthuses Hasaas.
"We have many travellers who either have Oslo as their destination or who are just passing through, and now they will have the opportunity to see works by one of Norway's finest, namely Edvard Munch.

The first work on display is the painting 'Head by Head' (1905) and it is accompanied by the stone used for the lithograph Separation (1896), in the case.

Once a year, the artwork will be replaced with a new one.

"The contract with Oslo Airport gives us a completely new and exciting arena for the Munch Museum," says Stein Olav Henrichsen, director of the Munch Museum.

"Thousands of people pass through this part of the terminal every day, and this will give us a unique opportunity to introduce Edvard Munch to a new audience."
Munch to the people

Making art available for everyone is one of the main goals of the city of Oslo’s art plan.

The desire is for people to experience art in a place that most people visit, and this is made possible in an entirely unique way by letting them stand face-to-face with Munch's works.

"Edvard Munch gave Oslo an immense gift when he bequeathed his art to us, and it's important to us to share it with as many people as possible," reveals city council leader, Raymond Johansen.

"At the same time, Munch's works are a part of the DNA of Oslo, something unique and exciting about our city.

"Treating the travellers at Oslo's airport to a faceful of Munch is a great way of welcoming them to our city. I'm glad to have established this collaboration."


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