Edvard Munch: Karl Johan in the Rain. Oil on canvas, 1891. Photo © Munchmuseet

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.

In this city walk, we address 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 isborn in Løten, north of Oslo in 1863, but the family moves to the capital the following year, when his father Christian Munch is employed as an army doctor at Akershus Fortress. The family moves frequently and rents homes on both the west and east sides of the river Akerselva, living at several addresses in the Grünerløkka area. We will 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”. 

Buy tickets here. The event is only for members. 


Meeting place: Schous plass 1, outside the library
Duration: approximately 2 hours
End point: By the National Theatre.
Price: NOK 150 per person

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

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