New Museum To Feature $54 Million Munch

Edvard Munch’s “Girls on the Bridge,” which sold for $54.5m at Sotheby’s New York in November, will be one of the biggest attractions of a new private museum in Potsdam, Germany that is due to open to the public on 23 January. The painting, which will form part of the inaugural exhibition “Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky” (until 28 May), is thought to have been bought by Hasso Plattner, the software billionaire behind the new

Museum Barberini, according to sources. The museum’s spokeswoman only says that the picture “originates from a private collection”. The painting is one of Munch’s most famous works; it depicts three girls on a bridge by the Norwegian seaside and could suit his collecting tastes. He once said: “No one has ever painted water, or captured moisture in the air, or the smell of the sea and gleams of light like the Impressionists.”

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