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Munch’s iconic ‘Scream’ on display in New York

"The Scream," Edvard Munch's eerie 1895 masterpiece which sold in May for $119.9 million, is on view for the first time since that record-breaking auction, at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Munch's iconic 'Scream' on display in New York
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A spokeswoman said the artwork has been put on display in one of MoMA's most secure areas. It is being shown along with two other Munch paintings, as well as lithographs by the Norwegian artist.

"The installation is located in the fifth floor galleries for the museum's painting and sculpture collection, so it is in a location that already features considerable technology," said Margaret Doyle, press officer for MoMA.

"The only additional element for 'The Scream' is the addition of a Plexiglas cover for the work," she said.

The work on display in New York, a crayon drawing on board, is one of four versions of "The Scream," and the only one currently not in Norway.

The Munch Museum in Oslo owns a version in pastel as well as a painted version, while the National Gallery of Norway holds the earliest version of the work, painted in 1893.

The well-known artwork, showing a ghostlike figure with a skull-like face and gaping mouth, is believed to represent the anguished existence of modern man. The image has been reproduced, and even satirized, countless times.

The work on loan to MoMA through April of next year, was sold in May at a record-setting auction in New York by Sotheby's.

Until then, the record for the most expensive artwork was held by Picasso's 1932 painting "Nude, Green, Leave and Bust," which in 2010 sold at a Christie's auction for $106.5 million.

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Norway digitally freezes national treasures and stores them in Arctic archive

Norway’s National Museum has preserved some of the country’s most treasured artefacts digitally and stored them in a former mine on Arctic archipelago Svalbard.

Norway digitally freezes national treasures and stores them in Arctic archive
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The Arctic World Archive was originally constructed in 2017 to “protect the world’s most important cultural relics”, the National Museum said on its website.

The data preservation facility is located on the island of Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard archipelago, not far from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

The National Museum has now placed its entire collection of around 400,000 items as digital copies on plastic film rolls, which are to be stored at the Longyearbyen site.

“The dry, cold and low-oxygen air gives optimal conditions for storing digital archives and the film rolls will have a lifetime of around 1,000 years in the archive,” the museum writes. Emissions emitted by the archive are low due to its low energy consumption.

Offline storage of the archives also insures them against cyber attacks, the museum said.

In addition to all data from the National Museum collection database, high-resolution digital images of works by selected artists are included in the archive.

Works to be stored include ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch, ‘Winter Night in the Mountains’ by Harald Sohlberg, the Baldishol Tapestry and Queen Maud’s ball dress.

“At the National Museum we have works from antiquity until today. We work with the same perspective on the future. The collection is not only ours, but also belongs to the generations after us,” National Museum director Karin Hindsbo said via the museum’s website.

“By storing a copy of the entire collection in the Arctic World Archive, we are making sure the art will be safe for many centuries,” Hindsbo added.

In addition to the Norwegian artefacts, organisations from 15 other countries are represented in the archive, including national museums in Mexico, Brazil and India; the Vatican library, Sweden’s Moderna Museet and Unicef.

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