Well, I'm a bit behind on the blogging because Oslo Culture Night was actually last weekend, but I'll share anyways. Last Saturday all the museums were open late and were free as a part of culture night! We ended up staying a bit later at a friend's house than we expected (which was great!), so we only made it to the Munch Museum, a little bit of the Nobel Peace Center and the firework show. We practically ran through the Munch Museum because we got there with 15 minutes until closing. It was still cool to see the scream and other paintings and drawings. Apparently the Munch Museum rotates exhibits a lot, so if we go back we can see something new.
our friend benny + the scream
the scream + others
Edvard Munch wrote this poem to accompany the scream:
I was walking along the road with two friends. The sun was setting, and I began to be afflicted with a sense of melancholy. Suddenly the sky became blood-red. I stopped and leaned against a fence, feeling dead-tired, and stared at the flaming clouds that hung, like blood and a sword, over the blue-black fjord and the city. My friends walked on. I stood riveted, trembling with fright. And I felt a loud, unending scream piercing nature.
It was a shame we had to rush through the exhibit. I felt like we didn't do his work justice by just glancing at many paintings and stopping to stare for a minute or two at others.
After the Munch Museum closed we headed to Radhussplassen for the fireworks show. We ended up dallying around in the Nobel Peace Center, which has a cool exhibit on Ghandi opening soon. They had a preview of the exhibit up, so we read a lot about Ghandi, his peace making and his fasting. I would love to go back for the complete exhibit and the movie! We found the perfect spot to perch for the fireworks- a short concrete fence overlooking the fjord. We really had a great view and the fireworks were awesome! I just love seeing the different bursts of light and color. It's fun to try to capture the fireworks on photo, too.
Hope your weekend was great!