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Edvard Munch gets novel treatment from Karl Ove Knausgård with never-before-seen works on display at the Munch Museum

Among the 140 works chosen by the author are Munch's few and fragile sculptures

Edvard Munch, Apple Tree by the Studio (1920-28) (Photo courtesy of the Munch Museum)

In his debut as a curator, the Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgård—who penned the six-volume autobiographical series Min Kamp (My Struggle)—has collaborated with Kari Brandtzæg, a curator of the Munch Museum in Oslo, to organise an exhibition of rarely seen works by Munch from the museum’s collection. Over the past years, the two “worked through more than 1,000 objects and chose around 140 of them, including some of Munch’s very few and fragile sculptures”, Brandtzæg says. The exhibition, titled Towards the Forest: Knausgård on Munch (6 May-8 October), includes lithographs, woodcuts and paintings, some of which have never been exhibited. The exhibition aims to provide a “more emotionally charged path into Munch’s artistic world—with no importance on chronology or biography—from Knausgård’s fresh perspective, which delivers an untold story about the artist and what he searched for in his art”, Brandtzæg says.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Edvard Munch gets novel treatment from Karl Ove Knausgård'

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, May 2017