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A moving reunion with van Gogh

In a post in the previous issue of Ny Tid, Tore Kierulf Næss makes sure that the visual arts have poor conditions nowadays. The reason for his lament is that he has been out among the crete and pleti and visited the exhibition "Munch + van Gogh" at the Munch Museum on Tøyen. He gets chills at the thought of these superficial blockbuster exhibitions that spread like wildfire, "not only here in Norway, but also most other places in the western world" (sic). According to Næss, this type of exhibition only leads to the museums receiving press releases (oh no!), An influx of spectators (can it get worse?) And a feeling of success as an art museum (preserved!).

This horrible The superficial trend "mildly paradoxical" has only one positive effect: it has brought Ness' old friend Vincent van Gogh to Oslo. To use a single factual argument to criticize the exhibition, Næs has no time for: "The compilation with Munch you can probably write a lot about, but I do not intend to do that." We are happy to praise that he has found time for to visit the exhibition at all.

Næss further believes that it is a misunderstood notion that great art must be read in constantly new ways and in new contexts in order to remain relevant. He believes such allegations testify to a shortcoming. . .

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