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Opened Munch exhibition in Germany

On Friday evening the exhibition «Edvard Munch gesehen von Karl Ove Knausgård» opened in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess were in attendance, and Crown Prince Haakon formally opened the exhibition.


The opening of the exhibition marks the start of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s tour of Germany, which will end up in Frankfurt for the opening of the world’s largest book fair, where Norway is the Guest of Honour.

“As you all know, Norway is this year’s Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse,” the Crown Prince said from the stage in his opening remarks. “This exhibition is one of the most important events in the run-up to the book fair. I hope the exhibition will bring knew knowledge about two Norwegian artists you might already know quite well. In addition, I hope it can be a reminder to all of us to rediscover what we think we already know by looking at it with new eyes, with an open mind.”

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess were greeted by, amongst others, author Karl Ove Knausgård. (Foto: Simen Løvberg Sund / The Royal Court)

«Edvard Munch gesehen von Karl Ove Knausgård» displays roughly 140 of Munch’s works, most of which have rarely if ever been shown in Germany. The works were selected by Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård and will provide insight into lesser-known aspects of Munch’s art.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess were welcomed by the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, as well as the Director of Kunstsammlung NRW, Susanne Gaensheimer, and the museum’s curator for the exhibition, Anette Kruszynski. Author Karl Ove Knausgård and Stein Olav Henrichsen, the Director of Oslo’s Munch Museum, also participated in the opening.

The exhibition is in the German museum’s K20 section, which focuses on art of the 20th century. K20 is part of Kunstsammlung NRW, the state museum of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and one of Germany’s most renowned art exhibition venues.

The exhibition has been administered in collaboration with the Munch Museum in Oslo and will be on display until 1 March 2020.   


Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest and most important of its kind in the world. It takes place during a week in October. The first three days are devoted to the publishing business. Then the doors are opened to the public. The German book market is the second largest in the world.

Book and media people from 125 countries meet here to buy and sell rights. The fair draws some 300 000 visitors a year. About 10 000 journalists from around the world cover the event.

Norway is the fair’s Guest of Honour for 2019 – the result of a major collective effort by the Norwegian book industry. Norwegian Literature Abroad (NORLA) has taken the leadership role. Among the main goals is to feature new literary voices.

The Guest of Honour nation receives a great deal of attention across Germany. In Frankfurt, the Guest of Honour is spotlighted at many events throughout the autumn within all fields of art and culture.

Other Nordic countries honoured in this way found the experience to be highly positive. Finland was Guest of Honour at the fair in 2014 and Iceland in 2011.



The Crown Princess and literature

The Crown Princess loves to read and is passionate about books. She wants to share her reading pleasure and spread great literature, and she is convinced that there is a book for everyone.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit participates regularly in a wide variety literary events – from reading time for children in the Palace Park, to literature festivals and library visits. The Norwegian Library Association is one of the organisations under her patronage. The Crown Princess also work to arrange meetings about Norwegian literature during official visits to other countries.

In 2017, The Crown Princess took on the role of ambassador for Norwegian literature abroad. Norway was Guest of Honour at the book fair, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit opened the fair.

In 2024 she will open the Norwegian Pavilion at the international book fair in Kairo.

Among the Crown Princess’s literary activities, however, there is one that stands out in particular: her literary train tour. In recent years the Crown Princess has embarked on a literary train tour each spring, with events at libraries and houses of literature along the way.

The Crown Princess at home at Skaugum preparing for the literary train tour 2018. Photo: Christian Lagaard, The Royal Court

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