Munch's Scream, Madonna set for summer return in Oslo
Edvard Munch: The Dance of Life Site
Edvard Munch Online
Munch Museum [Macromedia Flash Player]
Federal Bureau of Investigations: Art Crime Team [pdf]
Four years ago a troika of armed men made their way quickly into the Munch Museum in Oslo in order to snatch a few paintings by Edward Munch. One of the paintings stolen was "The Scream", a masterpiece of psychological torment and anguish. Members of the art community were quick to respond (as were a group of criminologists) and fortunately both works were recovered two years later. This week, there was another bit of excellent news as officials at the Munch Museum announced that the two paintings will be displayed for four months, beginning in late May. Over the past several years, art conservators have been working tirelessly to repair the damages made to the two works. The canvas of "Madonna" was ripped, while "The Scream" still has a humidity stain in one corner. Munch executed several versions of each work, but the ones held in the collection of the Munch Museum are generally considered among the most complete. High-profile robberies of important (and valuable) works of art are nothing new, as museums around the world can attest. On a related note, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and the FBI's Art Theft Program are still actively searching for the priceless art works (including several items by Rembrandt and Degas) that were stolen eighteen years ago.
The first link will take users to a news article about the paintings which appeared on the BBC's website this past Monday. The second link leads to a CBC feature from this Tuesday which discusses the upcoming exhibition at the Munch Museum. Moving on, the third link leads to a site created by Roman Jaster which explores Munch's haunting painting "The Dance of Life". The site also contains several short essays on Munch and a gallery of his other works. The fourth link will whisk users away to the Artcyclopedia entry on Munch. Here visitors can look over online collections dedicated to Munch's work, along with articles and reviews. For those planning to make a journey to see "The Scream" in Oslo this summer, the fifth link will be most helpful as it leads directly to the English language version of the Munch Museum website. Finally, the last link leads to the homepage of the FBI's Art Crime Team. Users can learn about their recent recoveries and also learn the facts behind the theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.