The Integration of an Art “Superstar”: Munch at the National Museum Oslo—Today and Tomorrow


Monday, December 14, 2015, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Free admission

Norwegian artist Edvard Munch has achieved superstar-like status in the art world and in popular culture, largely due to his well-known painting The Scream. The first of four versions of this famous work is housed at the National Museum Oslo. Nils Ohlsen, director of Old Masters and modern art at the National Museum, will visit Harvard to discuss his museum’s strong Munch holdings, including both paintings and prints, as well as its definitive collection of Norwegian modernism. As the National Museum prepares for a major modernization and expansion, this lecture is about a work in progress.

Following the lecture, Patricia Gray Berman, the Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art at Wellesley College, will moderate a brief question-and-answer segment. Berman is an expert on Scandinavian modernism and is facilitator of the Munch, Modernism, and Modernity research group.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

The Busch-Reisinger Museum Lectures, sponsored by the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, present important speakers on topics of central and northern European art. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.