This exhibition will present nineteen artists with works related to Munch’s House in Åsgårdstrand, Norway. The intention is to utilize the site as subject for contemporary interpretations of its history, where both the interior, the garden, or the surrounding nature can be the source of artistic processes.

The mythical aura of Munch’s House is closely related to the biography of Edvard Munch. How will these contemporary interpretations relate to this structure of the biographical museum and how can the notion of authenticity be contextualized through contemporary views? The house sets the stage for several artistic interpretations where the present-day is reflected through adaptations of the house’s historical aura and physical surroundings.

Munch’s house is a monument to the artist’s existential feelings of love, melancholy, anxiety, mysticism, ecstasy, and freedom. The visualization of such emotions is a central theme in Munch’s artworks, and will also be clearly reflected in the exhibition.

Participating artists:

Mai Bente Bonnevie, Tracey Emin, Behzad Farazollahi, Marit Følstad, Espen Gleditsch, Crispin Gurholt, Bjørn Erik Haugen, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Lars Lerin, Kristian Skylstad, Kari Steihaug, Anne Lise Stenseth, Anne Trægde, & Co. (Patrik Entian and Aleksi Wildhagen) and Marte Aas.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Munch’s House and Haugar Art Museum. A catalog will be published with essays by several authors, including the curators of the exhibition: Tone Lyngstad Nyaas, Solfrid Sakariassen and Lise Emilie Talleraas.