Vanessa Baird (b. 1963) has established herself as one of our foremost visual artists since the 1990s. In her first exhibition at MUNCH, she fills the impressively spacious galleries on the museum's third floor
Vanessa Baird, Sommeren kom etter tyve år (Summer came after 20 years)

Meeting place: Lobby, at least 10 minutes before
Language: Norwegian / English (please contact us if you want the tour in English)
Duration: 45 min, calculate 1 hour including transfer. After completing the tour, you can move around freely in all exhibitions.
Group size: Up to 10, 15 or 20 persons. Groups of more than 20 must be booked into two different time slots.
Group tours must be booked at least 14 days in advance.

Tour prices
Up to10 people  – NOK 3500 
Up to15 people –  NOK 4250 
Up to 20 people –  NOK 5000 
Prices include entrance to all exhibitions. Members get 10 % off. 

The exhibition demonstrates how Baird's art evolves through repetitions and variations of the same themes, but also how they are influenced by private and political events. In her early works on gigantic canvases, we see Baird representing herself as young, thoughtful and yearning. Many of the images refer to male artistic geniuses – from Rodin to Munch – highlighting the underlying feminist perspective of the exhibition.

Baird has often created her art over the past two decades at the ‘kitchen table’, surrounded by the chaos of everyday life amid children and an aging mother, but always with a sidelong glance at the world outside. She deals with the refugee crisis and the war in Ukraine in several of her more recent watercolours, in which the artist herself often stands powerless among the horrors.  
The exhibition alludes to the repetitive nature of our lives, as well as the way significant events from one day to another can completely change our daily existence. 

Image above: Vanessa Baird, Sommeren kom etter tyve år (Summer came after 20 years), 2005, pastel on paper, 540 x 865 cm. Photo: Jørn Hagen/ Lillehammer Kunstmuseum