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Edvard Munch in the Aula

The 11 oil paintings that cover the walls of the University Aula are the only decorations by Edvard Munch that can still be viewed in their original context. "The Sun", "Alma Mater" and "History" are the main pictures.

Video about the origins of "The Sun"


Munch and the Aula

The new assembly hall was built for the University's centennial in 1911. With its enormous walls and skylights, the hall was designed for artistic decoration. But the decoration of the hall proved to be a difficult process, often referred to as the "Aula controversy". Not until 1914 was Edvard Munch (1863–1944) commissioned to decorate the hall, and on 19 September 1916 the University received the 11 paintings. Munch’s paintings in the University Aula are a major work within Norwegian monumental painting.


More about the paintings

For details on the paintings, please see:

Concerts in the Aula

What better way to experience Munch's paintings than to attend one of the concerts in the University Aula?

Published Jan. 7, 2013 11:12 AM - Last modified June 24, 2022 10:49 AM