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Edvard Munch’s artwork exhibited for the first time in the middle East, ‘Landscapes of the Soul’ exhibition opens in ​​Saudi Arabia’s Ithra

Pressemelding   •   jun 06, 2019 13:57 CEST

Edvard Munch's artwork exhibited for the first time in the Middle East with exclusive exhibition at Saudi Arabia's Ithra.

June 2, 2019, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia:The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) will open the ‘Landscapes of the Soul’ exhibition, featuring the work of renowned late Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, on June 5th to the Saudi public. Exhibited for the first time in the Middle East and exclusively at Ithra’s Great Hall until September, the exhibition is organized in partnership with Norway’s Munch Museum, Aker ASA holding company and design firm Snøhetta.

Forty art pieces of Munch’s work are organized and displayed across five pavilions within Ithra’s Great Hall, each covering a different topic: Melancholy, Love, Despair, Loneliness and Portraits of the Soul, featuring some of his seminal works including The Sick Child, Self-Portrait with Skeleton Arm, and a lithograph of The Scream.

‘Landscapes of the Soul’ will introduce Munch’s work and ideas to Ithra’s visitors by exploring the artist’s signature motifs, distinguishing him from his contemporary peers. Through these traditional genres of painting, Munch expressed his subjective experience of the world wherein, landscapes became a mirror of the inner self, through which Munch examined universal issues of the human soul.

Throughout the summer, visitors will be able to view the exhibition at Ithra’s Great Hall — a dedicated space for world-class traveling exhibitions, which has previously hosted Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Atlanticus Codex: Through Time and Space’ exhibition. The exhibition is part of Ithra’s commitment to promote cross-cultural exchange and provide visitors with compelling new experiences as part of its year-round Programming.

About Ithra, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture:

Ithra, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, is a creative and interactive public space for workshops, performances, events, exhibitions and experiences. It offers an enriching journey for everyone by championing diversity, celebrating creativity and encouraging collaboration with the objective of energizing Saudi Arabia’s knowledge economy.

Ithra is Saudi Aramco’s most ambitious CSR initiative and the largest cultural contribution to the Kingdom. Through a compelling series of programs and initiatives, Ithra creates world-class experiences that bring together culture, innovation and knowledge and are designed to appeal to everyone.

Ithra's components include the Idea Lab, Library, Theater, Museum, Energy Exhibit, Art Gallery, Children’s Museum and Knowledge Tower.

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Edvard Munchs kunst er Norges viktigste bidrag til verdens kunsthistorie. Som forvalter av majoriteten av Munchs arbeider, har Munchmuseet et unikt utgangspunkt som kunst- og kulturformidler i nasjonal og internasjonal sammenheng. Munchmuseet inkluderer også Stenersen-samlingen.

Museets oppgave er å forvalte samlingene gjennom bevaring, forskning og formidling.

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