“Edvard Munch will impress Chinese audiences with more representative works of the painting master,” said Yang Zhigang, curator of the Shanghai Museum, in a comment on the Norwegian painter’s exhibitions in Beijing and Shanghai from the summer of 2019 to the spring of 2020.
Also, a Chinese-language edition of Edvard Munch’s Complete Paintings in four volumes has been released. It’s a result of five years’ translation work of Cappelen Damm’s Edvard Munch Complete Paintings – Volum I – IV (Complete), published in 2008.
The exhibition will be jointly held by the National Museum of China in Beijing, the Shanghai Museum and the Munch Museum in Oslo to promote cultural exchanges between China and Norway. The Munch exhibition will feature roughly 100 works from the Munch Museum collection, including 50 to 60 paintings.
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One of the world’s largest museums
The National Museum in Beijing is one of the world’s largest museums, with over eight million visitors in 2017. It will be the fourth time Edvard Munch’s works have been displayed in China.
The first was in 1961. During the Norwegian royals’ visit to China in 1997, over 50 works of Edward Munch were displayed at the Shanghai Museum, including his best-known work ‘The Scream’.
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Tremendous Interest in World Famous Norwegian Artist in China
“There is a tremendous interest in Edvard Munch in China,” says director Stein Olav-Henrichsen at the Munch Museum in Oslo. He adds that the museum has strengthened its international publication strategy. “We notice that there is a great demand for books about Munch throughout the world,” he says.
Tremendous Interest in World Famous Norwegian Artist in China, written by Tor Kjolberg