Let me start with a few complaints: Visual arts are not doing well in our time. One expression of this is the growing populism we see in the museum world – not only here in Norway, but also most other places in the western world. Edvard Munch and his life's work are clearly not good enough for the art public in Oslo anymore. Therefore, one must create superficial blockbuster exhibitions so that one can get press releases, audience influx and a sense of success as an art museum. As part of the staging of the exhibitions, there is a misunderstood notion that great art must be "constantly read in new ways, in new contexts, to remain relevant". Such claims testify only to a lack of understanding of art, in this case paintings.
Mildly paradoxical, it is this superficial trend that now leads our old friend Vincent. . .
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