Edvard Munch: The Sun, 1910–11. Oil on canvas. Photo  © Munchmuseet.

Edvard Munch Monumental

Experience Munch’s largest and most ambitious paintings in a completely new setting.

Collection exhibition

Floor 6

Listen to Jenny Hval's interpretation of The Sun, and get closer to Edvard Munch's art with engaged voices from around the world. 

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Experience some of the largest paintings ever created by Edvard Munch in a dedicated double-height space. These enormous artworks are versions of the paintings made by Munch for the University of Oslo’s Ceremonial Hall in connection with the university’s centenary in 1911. Munch and several other artists were invited to compete for the commission and Munch worked tirelessly for years, producing several hundred preparatory works and sketches. In order to work on this massive scale, he built a series of outdoor studios at his home where he created several versions of each motif in different sizes.

We invite visitors to take an inside look at Munch’s creative process for his first major project for a public space, showing how he succeeded in realizing these works through an extraordinary combination of energy, resourcefulness and persistence. We present The Sun as a new departure in Munch’s career, symbolizing the power and ingenuity of life, and as a work that encompasses a number of narratives linked to the natural sciences, religion and the birth of the universe.

Key works

Edvard Munch: The Researchers. Oil on canvas, 1911/1925–27? Photo © Munchmuseet
Edvard Munch: The Human Mountain: Towards the Light. Oil on unprimed canvas, 1927–1929. Photo © Munchmuseet
Edvard Munch: The Sun, 1910–11. Oil on canvas. Photo  © Munchmuseet.

From the exhibition

Visit from a school class
Visit from a school class

    The exhibition is made by

  • Project Team

    Curator: Trine Otte Bak Nielsen
    Concept Developer Learning: Nikita Mathias
    Text Editor: Hanna Hille Stoltenberg
    Project Manager: Mathis J. Gran

    Registrar: Tine Schmidt Haislund
    Head of Marketing: Tone Brunner
    Technical Producer: Nina Akubue Bakke
    Art Technician Management: Exel Fine Art
    Art Technicians: Kjell-Olav Jørgensen
    Tommy Høvik, Jonathan Nowell, Ottar Moe
    Painting Conservator: Eva Storevik Tveit
    Security: Marie Kristine Skorstad
    Photo: Ove Kvavik, Halvor Bjørngård

  • Design & Architecture

    Exhibition Architect: manthey kula
    Light Design: Zenisk
    Graphic Design: Blæst

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