Munch

Photo: Fabrice Zindy

Aksel Kolstad was on October 10th 2012 officially announced to be a “Munch-artist” and an international “Edvard Munch Ambassador”. – Kolstad will carry Munch on his musical and artistic shoulders, says Front-of-House Manager at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Cécile Therond Hjelm. – Aksel Kolstad will revitalize the artist and provocateur Edvard Munch through his powerful music and his artistic projects world wide. Once a month Kolstad will perform his “Munch reflection-recitals” in Oslo at the same time as his ateiler, Café de Concert at Tjuvholmen, this will become the second home of the Munch. The first home of Munch lies in the heart of the Norwegian people.

“To me Munch is Shostakovitch mixed with deadly strawberries on canvas” – Aksel Kolstad

Original Munch copies at Café de Concert

Original Munch copies painted by Grete Ross, exhibited at Café de Concert. PRESSRELEASE May 27th 2013 Aksel Kolstad is carrying on with his work as "Former Munch Ambassador". Now he is exhibiting Munch-copies by Grete Ross. "I consider it a natural thing to get inspired and to copy. This artists have done for ages. In my opinion it is way to little craftmanship in today´s art. Also in contemporary music. More artists should copy to improve their craftmanship." - Aksel Kolstad, pianist, composer og artist -------- PRESSEMELDING 27. mai 2013 Aksel Kolstad fortsetter sitt Munch-arbeid som "Former Munch Ambassador". Nå stiller han ut Munch-kopier malt av Grete Ross på Café de Concert. Her med en kopi av "Livets dans". "Det er lov å la seg inspirere og kopiere. Slik har kunstnere gjort i all sin tid. Det er alt for lite godt håndverk i det meste jeg ser av dagens samtidskunst. Også i kunstmusikken, ikke minst. Flere burde kopiere for å forbedre sitt håndverk". - Aksel Kolstad, pianist, komponist og kunstner (Painting left in photo by Grete Ross, painting right in photo by Yvonne Jeanette Karlsen)  

Munch on my mind

Great fun with such a big turnout at the Munch museum yesterday!! Next concert is on February 2nd at 1 pm:) New music, new Munch stories and new interpretations about the man, the myth and the guy who's probably love an iPhone (not me, Munch!) This time I was tossing around some thoughts about Munch´s brain and his appartement. Paralels and differences. And why, in my opinion, it had to be that way. "Once upon a time there was an artist that had so much on his mind that he had no place left for anything in his apartment"

Christmas tree

"Am I really going to buy a christmas tree with Mr. Stenersen?" Wishing you an expresionistic x mas!

Successfull pressrelease at the Munch Museum today

Successfull "screaming" pressrelease of the UMM ( Norwegian classical youth competition) at the Munch Museum today . From left: Christian Eggen (jury), Solveig Kringlebotn (jury), Aksel Kolstad (madonna of the ship) og competitor Victoria Randem. Otto Graf - leader of the competiton. Otto was a huge inspiration for me when I competed several times as a teenager. I remember one time, just before playing Beethoven, Otto was backstage and gave me such an energizing pep talk that I practically flew on stage and wasn´t even able to hit the pedals while playing the Rondo in C major...I was flying, so was Beethoven. Thank you Otto! Now let´s make everybody else fly too. UMM got a brand new style, and I will make sure it stays that way. The competition is now seen through a modern eye... my creative right one. Aiming, bang bang. "I did not shoot no deputy" (Bob Marley) - but I shot the golden bird, as we say in Norwegian. Come to the "superfinal" this saturday at the Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo) and listen to great talents. I will also be performing and creating that formiliar Café de Concert atmosphere between the finalists. This is no competition anymore, this is like one of thos track and field days in elementary school. Where everybody is cheering for one another! Be the best you can, glow, shine - and kick ass!

instaMunch

At the Munch museum these days you can experience "The Modern Eye" through a modern eye - your eye. For the first time we have allowed people to take photos of Munch´s work so they can instaMunch them and hashtag it with various captions and reflections - sign it with #detmoderneøye" and you´ll be exhibiting it along with others on detmoderneoye.no På Munch-museet kan du i disse dager se «Det moderne øye» gjennom et moderne øye. I forbindelse med utstillingen har vi nemlig for første gang opphevet fotoforbudet ved bruk av mobilkamera inne imuseumslokalene. Dermed oppfordrer vi publikum til å ta bilder av verkene med mobilen, gi dem ny mening gjennom egne hashtags og captions, og publisere på Instagram signert #detmoderneøye. Vi samler alle bidragene til en egen utstilling på detmoderneoye.no. Besøkende vil med andre ord få en helt unikmulighet til å stille ut sammen med selveste Edvard Munch. Vel møtt til en annerledes museumsopplevelse!

A taste of Munch

 Photo: Astrid Storkås When you book an event at Café de Concert, make sure you also book the wonderful cuisine from the Munch Café! Café Edvard Munch @ Café de Concert (menu in Norwegian, English version coming soon) - Enkel fingermat som «Vampyrens egne kjøttboller» og  «Bruchetta al la Ekely» (6 forskjellige typer)( 125,- pp) - Madonnas egen tapasmeny med assortert tapas, der asia møter Norge….fisk, skalldyr, vilt….(255,- pp) - «Skrikburgere», vi serverer våre hjemmelagede hamburgere….(149,- pp) If your event is more than 150 people we recommende that you move it to the Munch Museum. Café de Concert festmeny @ Munch-museet - Buffet a la Munch, med varme og kalde retter (spis så mye du vil) (298,- pp) - Madonnas egen tapasmeny med bredt utvalg av tapas, der asia møter Norge ….fisk,skalldyr,vilt ….(255,- pp) På Munch-museet har man mulighet til å komme med store selskaper (100-300 pers) som i tillegg til middag får oppleve Munch museet og en konsert med Aksel Kolstad i "Solsalen"

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