Themes and Key Words:
Arts, Biography, History, Painting
Running Time:
52′ | 72′
IndieFilm Norway, by Carsten Aanonson
Stig Andersen


Munch In Hell looks at the life of Edvard Munch and investigates the mistreatment he was exposed to. Regarded as one of the most important painters in the history of art – Munch still suffers lack of deserved appreciation from his home country. Munch left extensive notes, letters, literary works and even drafts for an auto-biography. This allows us insight into his private thoughts and his own reactions to the public scandals and bureaucratic harassments he suffered. Munch In Hell will let the painter tell the story in his own words – but it also reveals another side of his life and character. Munch was also a witty, practical and determined man who even was into ecological farming.


Stig Andersen has a Master degree in Art History from the University of Oslo. He worked at The Munch Museum in Oslo, registering Edvard Munch’s graphic art. Since 1979 he has been a documentary filmmaker. A substantial part of his films focus on art related topics, like Scream and Madonna (2008) about the robbery of some world famous paintings from the Munch Museum in Oslo.

Since the mid 70s, Andersen is an art critic and writer on art in Norway’s main newspapers Aftenposten, Dagsavisen, Dagbladet, VG and Klassekampen. Many of Norway’s greatest debates on art were initiated by Andersen himself.  Andersen has also written books and articles for scientific magazines within the fields of art and architecture.