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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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.
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.
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.
“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”.
All photos by Ivar Kvaal – courtesy of Snøhetta.
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