Ekely – MUNCH: Connecting past and present
Edvard Munch's Ekely is brought back to life in this new interactive experience.
Discover connections across time and space between Munch’s former residence, and the new public home of his artworks at MUNCH in Bjørvika.
In 2022, a new connection has been established between MUNCH and Ekely – Edvard Munch’s former home seven kilometres west of the museum. It connects Munch’s intimate private life with the intense public exposure of an internationally acclaimed museum.
Today Ekely is run by Stiftelsen Edvard Munchs Atelier (SEMA) as a creative space for artists and the public. In a new collaboration launched this summer, MUNCH and SEMA, together with Bergen based design company Haltenbanken, have improved the visitor experience and increased Munch’s presence on the site.
Visitors will now find a specially commissioned pair of sculptural information pillars, giving information about Ekely and MUNCH. In addition, you can look for eight concrete plaques that have been installed on the ground at various points. Each one has a QR-code which reveals information about specific Munch paintings that have a connection with the place.
These include his pictures of fruit trees, construction workers building his studio, ploughing horses, meetings in the parkland, and the night sky seen from his patio steps. The experience helps bring today’s Ekely to life with the spirit of Edvard Munch.
With these new improvements, the connection across time and space between Munch’s former residence, and the new public home of his artworks, has become stronger than ever before.