The Stavanger Art Museum: Cars and Paintings

Even if some people might think that a post about a museum might be boring, they should really read this one. I am not an art expert, and I have never been interested in painting really. As I remember someone in a movie once said: “I don’t know the difference between a Picasso, and a car crash”, we’ll that might describe me. Ok, I might be exaggerating, I do recognize the works of famous artists, but if someone starts talking to me about styles and techniques, then you lose me. So this is not the review of an exhibition, this is just why I liked this museum in particular.

The entrance of the Stavanger Art Museum

One of the two main reasons why I liked my visit to the Stavanger Art Museum was because of one of the temporary exhibitions: Munch – Mystery Behind the Canvas. You have heard about Munch, right? Edvard Munch, one of the most famous Norwegian painters in the world. He is famous for having been able to convey emotions through his paintings, and is known principally for his work “The Scream”, for which one of its versions was recently sold for almost $120,000,000.

Here is my own version of “The Scream”

Even if “The Scream” was not going to be in this exhibit, I still wanted to see some of Munch’s paintings. But my surprise was more about the story behind the exhibition, than the paintings themselves. Translated as “The Mystery Behind the Canvas”, the exhibition shows a previously unknown painting of Munch, which was found in 2005 behind another one of his paintings, in the Bremen Kunsthalle art museum in Germany. The painting received the name of “Girl and Three Male Heads”.

Edvard Munch: Sittende naken kvinne og tre mannshoder, 1895-98 Olje på lerret, 90 x 100 cm Kunsthalle Bremen – Der Kunstverein in Bremen. Foto: Karen Blindow © Munch-museet/Munch-Ellingsen gruppen/ BONO 2012

The piece of art was found behind the painting “Death and the Child”, and is thought to have been painted around 1895 to 1898. Why did Munch decide to hide the painting behind another one, is still a mystery. Stavanger is the only place in Norway where this exhibition will be displayed, and it stays here until the 25th of November. So if you are a Munch fan, you should really go to the Stavanger Art Museum.

The BMW M3 GT2 (2010), by Jeff Koons.

Yeah, you might be thinking why does a picture of a BMW suddenly appear out of nowhere. Well, this is my second reason (maybe my main reason?) of why I liked the Stavanger Art Museum. Right next to the Munch exhibition, I was able to find the BMW Art Cars exhibition. 7 out of a total of 17 cars that this collection includes were shown in Stavanger until the 31st of September. The project of the BMW Art Cars was started by previously car racer Hervé Poulain  in 1975. The cars have been shown in many of the most important museums in the world, and one of them was even taken up to Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), find the video here. The cars were brought in cooperation with the ONS 2012 conference last august.

The BMW 525i (1991), by Ester Mahlangu

The BMW Z1 (1991), by A.R. Penck

The BMW 320 (1977), by Roy Lichtenstein

In the end, after seeing all these paintings and cars, I found a BMW parked right outside the museum, and as inspired as I was, I did this:

Now it’s your turn to go to the Stavanger Art Museum to get some inspiration! I leave you some more pictures of the museum here:

Don’t forget to visit the Stavanger Region’s official website:

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