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Munch's Legacy Continues to be Crushed by Oslo

Posted: Jan. 2nd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Self portrait from 1930
Edvard Munch

For some reason or another, Edvard Munch is truly disliked by the right-wing sect of Oslo's government as they seem to be making an effort to disregard the artist's wishes, if not completely annihilate portions of his legacy. Holdups on a proper museum, the demolition of his donated home and now city officials are attempting to separate the artist's work by auctioning it off to international museums.

A proposal to sell a vintage print of a photograph by Edvard Munch to the Centre Pompidou, Paris, has been met with criticism in Oslo.

The print is in the collection of the Munch Museum, Oslo. One of an edition of five, it shows Munch in profile photographed in his garden at Ekely, around 1930.

At the end of November, the government of Oslo put before the city’s parliament the proposed deaccession of the photograph, part of the collection that the artist bequeathed to the city. In the proposal document it says: “The sale to a public international institution will ensure that Munch’s work is made accessible for the public and by that secures the [artist’s] will.”


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