The Munch Museum in Oslo has announced that two of its most famous paintings are to go back on display after a lengthy conservation project to repair damaged caused following their theft in 2004. Edvard Munch's Scream and Madonna were stolen from the museum by armed robbers in August 2004, and were not recovered until September 2006. Detailed examination of the paintings was subsequently carried out, including Xradiography, ultraviolet and infrared reflectography and analysis of the pigments and binding media. This enabled the museum's conservators to establish and document the damage caused by the theft, and in particular to investigate how the bottom left-hand corner of the Scream had become badly stained and faded.The two conserved paintings will be on display to the public from May 2008, in a special exhibition that presents the investigation and conservation project. The conservation work will also be covered in a Norwegian television documentary about the theft and return of the paintings.
Recovered Munch conserved