"Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed" Exhibition design by Snohetta - Photo by Ivar Kvaal.

“Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed” Exhibition design by Snøhetta – Photos by Ivar Kvaal.

Art – Shortly before his death in 1944, Edvard Munch painted Between the Clock and the Bed, a retrospective and introspective self-portrait showing the artist looking back on his life as he faces the end of it. Named after the famous canvas, the exhibition on show until September 9 at the Munch Museum features a selection of some of Munch’s most renowned works, realized from when he was an adolescent to the age of 80.


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Edvard Munch's self-portrait "Between the Clock and the Bed". Courtesy of Munch Museum.

Edvard Munch’s self-portrait “Between the Clock and the Bed”. Courtesy of Munch Museum.

Norwegian firm Snøhetta has developed the graphic profile and furniture design for the exhibition “allowing less experienced guests to discover Munch’s art on their own terms” says Stein Olav Henrichsen, Director of the Munch Museum.

"Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed" Exhibition design by Snohetta - Photo by Ivar Kvaal.

In the middle of the rooms, visitors can sit or lie on organically shaped benches in plywood, covered with comfortable black mats. Large furniture installations allow to explore Munch’s art at one’s own pace “underpinnig the exhibition’s mission of sparking interest about each art piece so that visitors truly can and delve into Munch’s work,” say at Snøhetta.

"Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed" Exhibition design by Snohetta - Photo by Ivar Kvaal.

In several rooms, ceiling-mounted video screens project Munch’s works up-close, captured in slow motion, as if studied under a magnifying glass. They provide the audience with the opportunity to lie down on the angled benches and study the individual paint strokes, while simultaneously viewing the full-sized painting exhibited on the wall. This allows people to engage with the art in a completely different way than what they are used to.

"Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed" Exhibition design by Snohetta - Photo by Ivar Kvaal.

The Munch Museum always strives to push the boundaries for what constitutes a good art exhibition, often in collaboration with external partners, such as Snøhetta for this exhibition,” explains Henrichsen. “We like to experiment with ways of presenting art, to make it accessible to all audiences”.

"Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed" Exhibition design by Snohetta - Photo by Ivar Kvaal.

All photos by Ivar Kvaal – courtesy of Snøhetta.


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"Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed" Exhibition design by Snohetta - Photo by Ivar Kvaal.

"Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed" Exhibition design by Snohetta - Photo by Ivar Kvaal.

"Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed" Exhibition design by Snøhetta - Photo by Ivar Kvaal.