Six works by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944), a key figure of expressionism, who are part of the Stenersen collection and under the responsibility of the Munch Museum in Oslo, have disappeared without knowing what happened, the newspaper reports Friday. Dagbladet
It's about the graphic works The death of Marat, Young woman crying in bed, Portrait of Mrs. R, Tiergaten-Berlin, Åge Christian Gierløff Y Omega cries, whose whereabouts the museum admits to ignore.
The art gallery had already admitted a year ago to that same newspaper that 26 works of the collection were missing, but a journalistic investigation of the Norwegian head now raises the figure to 47, of which 34 belong to the author of El grito. Among them, the six now missing.
The Norwegian businessman and patron Rolf E. Stenersen (1899-1978) donated his collection of more than 900 works to the municipality of Aker in 1936, later merged with Oslo. After several transfers, the collection passed in 1994 to the art gallery that bears the name of the collector, integrated since 2010 into the Munch museum.
The director of that museum, Stein Olav Henrichsen, assured Dagbladet that they do not have the resources to make a new revision of the entire collection, although he recalled that a new art gallery is being built to better preserve the work of the Norwegian painter.
The new Munch museum, designed by the Spanish firm Herreros Arquitectos, It had to be completed five years ago, but a political dispute at the local level has delayed its construction and is not expected to be inaugurated until 2020.
"The way in which the Oslo authorities have managed this artistic gift is to mourn, it is very sad," Elisabeth Munch-Ellingsen, a great-granddaughter of a brother of the painter, who often serves as a spokesperson for the family, told the newspaper.
Munch's legacy has been the subject of several robberies in recent years, the most famous one in 2004, when two masked men took to the full light of the day of the museum that bears his name two of his most famous works, The Scream Y The Madonna The works were rescued two years later, although they suffered irreparable damage.