OSLO, Norway, January 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This year is the 150th anniversary of Edvard Munch's birth. Munch (1863-1944) is one of modernism's pioneers. The anniversary year will be celebrated with the largest ever Munch exhibition in Oslo, as well as a range of cultural events in Norway and other countries to celebrate Munch and his art. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130123/586299-a ) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130123/586299-b ) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130123/586299-c ) "Events are now finally starting," says Stein Olav Henrichsen, Director of the Munch Museum. "We shall first and foremost celebrate Edvard Munch, but we also want to increase knowledge, curiosity and enthusiasm for his life and art locally, nationally and internationally." The highlight of the celebration will be the "Munch 150" anniversary exhibition, which will be on display in Oslo at the National Gallery and Munch Museum from 2 June to 13 October 2013. With over 250 works, "Munch 150" will be the most comprehensive presentation of Munch's art ever to be displayed. The exhibition includes a large number of the artist's foremost works, as well as lesser-known works, from both public and private collections. In addition, the anniversary programme offers a rich selection of exhibitions, research conferences, film productions, concerts, theatrical productions, walks in the artist's footsteps, book releases and dedicated events for children and young people. One of Munch's key works, "Self-portrait with cigarette", is also being sent on tour. This unique travelling exhibition, "Munch on Tour", will visit a total of seven exhibition sites in Norway. "We hope that the anniversary will make Edvard Munch's art even more accessible, and strengthen awareness of his great significance and position within our international cultural heritage," says Audun Eckhoff, Director of the National Museum. The anniversary has been jointly arranged by the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and the Munch Museum, in collaboration with a number of private and public organisations.