MrWildy's Personal Introduction to Munch Museum
If you are going to Oslo, Munch Museum is certainly one of the first pit stops. Edvard Munch rose to fame in 2012. In May 2012, The Scream sold for US$119.9 million, and is the second most expensive artwork ever sold at an open auction. (It was surpassed in November 2013 by Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which sold for US$142.4 million). There was yet another incident that brought more attention to both Edvard Munch and the Munch Museum.
The Robbery of The Scream and Madonna
In 2004, another version of The Scream, along with one of Madonna, was stolen from the Munch Museum in a daring daylight robbery. All were eventually recovered, but the paintings stolen in the 2004 robbery were extensively damaged. They have been meticulously restored and are on display again.
The story of the robbery actually intrigued me more than the paintings itself. It was interesting to read about how the robbery happened, and how lax the security was at that point in time. In any case, the museum is a small one, and will soon be shifting to a new compound at the waterfront, near the Opera Centre. Go early to avoid any queues, or purchase the tickets online.