Munch-museum in Bergen
KODE Art Musems of Bergen exhibits an exceptional permanent presentation of its unique Edvard Munch collection in the museum's newly reopened Rasmus Meyer Collection.
KODE Art Museums of Bergen exhibits the second largest collection of Munch paintings in the world outside of Oslo. From an art historical perspective, the collection is unique because it exhibits works from all the major paradigms in Edvard Munch’s artistic career.
– We have several very famous works in our possession. Among others, we have many of the important paintings from the “Frieze of Life” – a series of paintings where Munch depicts the psyche of the modern human being. Munch himself described the “Frieze of Life” as the major work of his oeuvre. Jealousy, Melancholy, Women in Three Stages, Evening on Karl Johan and By the Death Bed are all from the “Frieze of Life”, and they are all exhibited together in the Rasmus Meyer Collection, states the director of KODE, Erlend G. Høyersten.
Bergen’s Munch collection has been represented at Munch exhibitions all over the world for many years. The collection constituted the majority of the successful exhibition Edvard Munch – Angst/Anxiety, at ARoS Art Museum, which had more than 264.000 visitors, and beat all earlier records at the Danish museum.
Major works from the collection were also present at last year’s grand exhibition Modern Eye at Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London, the exhibition L’univers d’Edvard Munch at Musee des Beaux-arts in Caen, and the exhibition Edvard Munch – Mystery behind the Canvas at Kunsthalle Bremen. Other museums that have borrowed works from the collection include Louisiana in Denmark, Villa Manin in Italy and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
The scream of Bergen
The collection in Bergen consists of more than 100 paper works and 50 paintings. Most of the works are part of the collection of Rasmus Meyer, whom acquired a number of major works by Norwegian artists towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Several of the paper works have not been available for the public in 20 years. One of the works is a unique version of Scream, which Munch drew with pen and ink. This smaller scale version of Scream is one of the jewels in the new Munch museum, which opened for the public on May 4 this year.
The rest of the Rasmus Meyer Collection consists of a very special collection of art from the Golden Age of Norwegian art, as well as historical interior design. The building has been extensively renovated over the last year, and has now emerged in new splendor.