In an exhibition series named +Munch, Oslo’s Munch Museum showed Edvard Munch’s art side by side with that of six other significant artists. The series' last exhibition ended in early January 2017.
With +Munch towards the new Munch Museum
The +Munch series covered notable art from Munch’s own times up until today. The series started out in the winter of 2015 by juxtaposing Munch with Norwegian contemporary artist Bjarne Melgaard, in an exhibition that generated both excitement and loud complaints. The following summer, Van Gogh+Munch became the most visited exhibition ever at the museum. Munch then met his fellow townsman (and purported rival) Gustav Vigeland towards the end of the year.
The first +Munch exhibition in 2016 was an intriguing and controversial encounter between Munch and American photohrapher Robert Mapplethorpe. Next came Johns+Munch, with the largest collection of works of painter and printmaker Jasper Johns ever shown in Scandinavia. The series' last exhibition, Jorn+Munch, offered an intriguing encounter between Munch's later works and Danish painter and COBRA founder Asger Jorn.
By placing Munch’s art in the context of other important oeuvres, the +Munch series pointed towards the planned practice in the new Munch museum that is scheduled to be built in Bjørvika. At the new museum, Munch’s art will be shown in the same building as modernist and contemporary works from the Stenersen collection on a permanent basis. The museum will also have plenty of space for visits from other collections, ensuring that Munch’s works are continuously in dialogue with other great art.