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Rasmus Meyer´s Collection and Edvard Munch

Highlights of Norwegian Art 1850–1916


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Experience a delightful wander through highlights of Norwegian Art 1850–1916.

Here you will find our beautiful Edvard Munch collection, as well as works by Nikolai Astrup, J.C. Dahl and Harriet Backer.

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The Rasmus Meyer museum building.

Rasmus Meyer passed away in 1916. His children then donated their father’s collection of art and historical furniture to the city of Bergen.

Meyer's dream was a public building where the works of art could be exhibited for a larger audience. Today, as part of Kode, the donation comprises one of the finest collections of art from the Norwegian "golden age" (1880–1905).

The beautiful museum building enables you to have a delightful wander through historical interiors from Bergen while exploring the art.

Highlights from "the Golden Age"

Across two floors, you wander through the golden age of Norwegian art history, from 1880 to 1905 and onwards to 1920.

We show works by artists like J.C. Dahl, Hans Gude, Harriet Backer, Christian Krohg, Kitty Kielland, Nikolai Astrup and Erik Werenskiold, as well as Norwegian Matisse students Henrik Sørensen and Jean Heiberg.

We also show historic Bergen interiors in the elegant Blumentahl room with its wall and ceiling paintings from around 1760 covering the entire room.

A man in front of a painting by Edvard Munch

Foto: Dag Fosse / Kode

Photograph from the Rasmus Meyer's collection depicting two visitors looking at a painting.

Foto: Dag Fosse / Kode

Photograph from the Rasmus Meyer's collection depicting a guide talking to a group of visitors in front of exhibited paintings.

Foto: Thor Brødreskift

Photograph from the Rasmus Meyer's collection depicting a group of visitors in front of exhibited paintings.

Foto: Thor Brødreskift

A painting by J.C. Dahl, depicting a birch tree, blowing in the wind.

J.C. Dahl: Bjerk i storm / Birch Tree in a Storm (1849)

A painting by Christian Krohg, depicting people in need, struggling for a piece of bread.

Christian Krohg: Kampen for tilværelsen / Struggle for Survival (1889-90)

A painting by Adolph Tidemand depicting a traditional wedding procession by horse and by feet through a forest. The painting is from the late 1800s in Norway and the people depicted wear traditional bunads. .

Adolph Tidemand, Bryllupstoget gjennom skogen, 1873.

A painting by Harriet Backer depicting a sparsely decorated living room, where a young woman is sitting on a wooden chair reading at a table. The room is lit only by a simple oil lamp.

Harriet Backer, Ved lampelys, 1890.

A painting by Harald Sohlberg depicting Sagene in Oslo in the early 1900s. The motif is a winter morning street-view, with a snow covered street and small wooden houses. The sky is clear with a bleak morning sun ascending from the city horizon.

Harald Sohlberg, Fra Sagene, 1911.

A painting by Hans Gude depicting a impressive Norwegian high mountain landscape with a lake, large snow-clad mountains and a single man walking in the nature with his dog.

Hans Gude, Høyfjell, 1876.

"[My goal is] to collect any artist who has had any significance for Norwegian art, a series of good paintings showing the artist's development over time".

Rasmus Meyer
A painting by Edvard Munch depicting a group of ghost-like people wandering down the street of Oslo, towards the viewer. The all wear dark clothes and hats, and they have pale faces and large open eyes staring straight at you.

Edvard Munch: Aften på Karl Johan/ Evening on Karl Johan (1892)

The painting Jealousy by Edvard Munch depicting a man with a depressed outlook standing in front of a couple. The couple behind him, a man and woman, are standing before an apple tree, the man in dark clothes and the woman naked with an open red robe.

Edvard Munch: Sjalusi / Jealousy (1895)

A painting by Edvard Munch depicting his sister Inger, sitting on the shore on a Norwegian light summer eve. She wears a withe long dress and holds a hat in her hands, sitting on some large rocks, looking towards the horizon.

Edvard Munch: Sommernatt. Inger på stranden / Summer Night. Inger on the Beach (1889)

A painting by Edvard Munch depicting a group of people in mourning, standing by the bed where the deceased is lying, covered in a withe cloth.

Edvard Munch: Ved dødssengen / At the Deathbed (1895)

A colour-ful self-portrait by Edvard Munch, painted in dotted strokes. He is sitting on a chair, facing towards the viewer, wearing a dark blue suit and tie. Behind him is a open window.

Edvard Munch: Selvportrett / Self Portrait (1909)

A painting by Edvard Munch depicting a young woman sitting on her bed, getting dressed in the morning light. She has simple clothes, a long skirt, and is about to put on her socks. She is looking out the window with a dreaming facial expression.

Edvard Munch: Morgen / Morning (1884)

The Munch Collection in Bergen

Today, Kode and Bergen are home to the world’s third largest Edvard Munch collection.

The Kode collection consists of more than 100 works on paper and 50 paintings. It originates from the collection Rasmus Meyer built up in the early 20th century, in close collaboration with the artist himself.

The collection was intended to follow Munch's artistic development, and covered all the various phases of Munch's artistry up to then.

The museum's collection of Munch's pictures has since been increased with Bergen Billedgalleri's purchases, and not least with Rolf Stenersen's gift to Bergen in 1971.

Follows Munch through life

In this new permanent exhibition, we can follow the young Munch from the first naturalistic paintings, through experiments with form and color and up to his main artistic project - the Frieze of Life.

This boundary-breaking series about modern man's innermost longings and anguish turned the perception of what art can be upside down.

In the collection you find major works from all periods of Munch’s artistic career. Among the highlights are “Jealousy”, “Melancholy”, “Woman in Three Stages” and “Evening on Karl Johan Street”.

From these expressionist masterpieces, we follow the mature artist's path towards new interests and to the brighter images from his later artistry.

Two men mounting a painting by Edvard Munch

Foto: Anette Basso / Kode

Two paintings by Edvard Munch on a grey exhibition wall

Foto: Dag Fosse / Kode

An exhibition room featuring paintings by Nikolai Astrup

Foto: Dag Fosse / Kode

Nikolai Astrup at Kode

Now you can enjoy the largest ever presentation of Astrup in Rasmus Meyer, with around 15 works.

Nikolai Astrup (1880—1928) was an innovative painter, graphic artist and landscape architect.

The Astrup collection at Kode shows the breadth of Astrup’s life, the development of his distinct style, and his interest in the landscape and folklore of Western Norway.

Rasmus Meyer and Nikolai Astrup

In May 1908, Rasmus Meyer went to Nikolai Astrup's big exhibition at Bergen Kunstforening - which at the time had its premises at the Permanenten.

The collector was delighted with the young western artist, and bought several paintings. The exhibition was the start of an important collaboration, where Astrup himself was able to influence the selection.

To Astrup's disappointment, not all Astrup pictures were part of the donation of Rasmus Meyer's collection in 1916. Among other things, the family wanted to keep the monumental "Midsummer Eve Bonfire" from 1915.

Later, however, several of the pictures Meyer bought from Astrup came to the museum, among long-term loans from private owners.

This spring, for the first time, we will bring these paintings together again in Rasmus Meyer's collections.

A painting depicting a midsummer eve bonfire, with dancing people, in a mountain landscape

Nikolai Astrup: Priseld / Midsummer Eve Bonfire (1915)

A painting depicting five children playing in a summer landscape

Nikolai Astrup: Sommervind og lekende barn / Summer Wind and Children Playing (1913)

A painting depicting a large mountain, which looms over a water and a landscape with small houses.

Nikolai Astrup: Kollen / Barren Mountain, 1905-06.

More on the Exhibition

The Rasmus Meyer Collection is a permanent exhibition. Very few changes are made to the selection on display – but it will vary throughout the year due to conservation or works being on loan.

Read more about the collections