City walk in Edvard Munch's Footsteps

Join us when we travel back in time to Edvard Munch’s Kristiania and the end of the 19th century. We follow in the footsteps of young Munch and visits places that shaped him as an artist and human being.
Edvard Munch: Karl Johan in the Rain. Oil on canvas, 1891. Photo © Munchmuseet


Schous place 1

In this city walk, we adress Edvard Munch's childhood and adolescence in Kristiania (today Oslo), before he sets course for Paris and becomes an artist of international renown.

The artist was born at Løten north of Oslo in 1863, but the family moved to the capital the following year, when his father Christian Munch was employed as an army doctor at Akershus Fortress. The family move frequently and rent homes on both the west and east sides of the river Akerselva, and they live at several addresses in the Grünerløkka area. We visit selected places where Munch went through key experiences. His childhood and adolescence are marked by his mother’s and sister Sophie's illness  and death, but also by an artistic urge and family closeness. Eventually, Munch becomes part of the Kristiania Bohemia milieu, whose leader Hans Jæger states that “thou shalt write thine own life”. 


Meeting place: Schous place 1, outside the library
Duration: about 2 hours. The walk ends at the National Theatre
Price: NOK 250 per person

Remember warm clothes and dress according to the weather. Bring something to drink and eat, if desired.