Edvard Munch and "The Scream" in the National Museum

The National Museum in Oslo holds one of the world’s most important collections of paintings by Edvard Munch (1863–1944), including such famous and iconic works as The Scream.

In the collection you will find the earliest versions of The Scream (1893), as well as Madonna (1894–1895), The Girls on the Pier (around 1901), The Dance of Life (1899–1900), and The Sick Child (1885–1886) – artistic statements that are captivating in their ruthless honesty and profound humanism.  

The National Gallery closed in January of 2019, to facilitate the move to the new National Museum opening in 2020.

The Scream and the other highlights of the collection will be exhibited in the new National Museum, opening in 2020.

The Scream

Painted in 1893, Munch’s iconic Scream was donated to the National Gallery in 1910. In terms of its fame, this painting now rivals works such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (1503) and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (1888). Few artworks have inspired filmmakers, cartoonists and other artists to the extent that The Scream has done. The painting is a radical and timeless expression of human fear.

Munch in context

For those who want to learn more about Munch’s later art, we recommend the Munch Museum, which owns Munch’s extensive artistic estate, and KODE, Art Museums in Bergen. Munch’s house in Åsgårdstrand, which will soon be joined by his summer cottage in Hvitsten, both an hour’s drive from Oslo, offers a magical experience of Munch’s world and the landscapes that inspired him throughout his life.