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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.

The Aula will be open the following Saturdays in 2018 from 12.00-15.00: March 3th, April 7th, May 5th, June 2th, September 1th, October 6th, November 3th and December 1th.


Photographer: Eirik Helland Urke

Panoramic view of Munch's Aula paintings, going clockwise from right to left:

1. Chemistry, 2. History, 3. New rays, 4. Women turned towards the Sun, 5. Awakening men in the lightstream, 6. The Sun, 7. Geniuses in the lightstream, 8. Men turned towards the Sun, 9. Harvesting women, 10. Alma Mater and 11. The Source

More about the paintings

For details on the paintings, please see:

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.

Published Jan. 7, 2013 11:12 AM - Last modified Sep. 25, 2020 9:44 AM