At 17:00, the kick-off for the official opening outside the Munch Museum took place with the royal couple, followed by performances by, among others, composer Koka Nikoladze and Musti.
City councilor Raymond Johansen welcomed the celebration of an art treasure. He said that Munch’s art is something everyone in Oslo owns together.
– Here we will follow each other welcome and at home. Oslo people of all ages and all kinds of backgrounds should be able to be proud of this museum, he said.
Moving process with “eight screams”
King Harald opened by saying that this is something both he and many have been looking forward to.
– Munch is jointly owned. All over the world live people who have a relationship with his art. He belongs to us all. Now Munch has come here to this magnificent building.
The king said this was the start of Munch’s new life.
– We celebrate that the complicated moving process was completed, not just with one scream, but actually eight, he said, referring to how many versions the museum owns of the famous Munch motif.
As many as 42,000 objects are now in place in the new building.
– Now the house will also be filled with people, he said. And add that people from all over the world will come here.
Then he asked the queen to cut the cord and declared the museum open.
The Crown Prince Couple, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt were also among the many present during the opening.
There have been major discussions about the appearance of the new Munch Museum, which has a price tag of NOK 2.7 billion. NRK’s reviewer Mona Pahle Bjerke called for building a gray, industrial and ugly high-rise building.