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Idemitsu renews sponsorship agreement with the Munch Museum: Contributing to the international community through support for the arts and culture

January,26,2018
Since 1991, Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director and CEO: Takashi Tsukioka; hereinafter“Idemitsu Kosan”) is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Idemitsu Snorre Oil Development Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Eiji Hagiwara) has continued sponsorship activities in support of the Munch Museum in Norway, through its local subsidiary Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (Managing Director: Hiroshi Arikawa). This sponsorship agreement was renewed recently.
The Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, opened in 1963, the 100th anniversary year of the birth of the world-famous Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, to exhibit and preserve his works, including “The Scream” and “Madonna.” In early 1990, while raising funds for expansion of its premises, the museum contacted Idemitsu Kosan, which engages in the oil exploration and production business in Norway. Considering continued support for cultural activities, including its own Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Idemitsu Kosan decided to provide funding support to the Munch Museum. After 1991 Idemitsu has continued its sponsorship and deepened its involvement with the Munch Museum.

Munch’s works are popular in Japan, and over a period of 20 years, beginning in 1995, the Idemitsu Museum of Arts exhibited a number of works on loan from the Munch Museum, attracting numerous visitors.

In 2004, Munch’s masterpieces “The Scream” and “Madonna” were stolen from the Munch Museum. When recovered and returned to the museum in 2006, the works had been seriously damaged. Idemitsu was a sponsor of the two-year restoration work for these two masterpieces.

The Munch Museum was expanded in 1994. However, since it still lacks sufficient space to exhibit its vast collection of Munch’s works, it is in the process of relocating from the Tøyen area in Oslo to the city’s waterfront area, where redevelopment is undergoing to form a new cultural hot spot of Oslo. The new Munch Museum, planned to open in 2020, is being built under the leadership of the City of Oslo and the Norwegian Government. Idemitsu has decided to renew the sponsorship agreement with the museum and will continue its sponsorship for five years from 2018.

Idemitsu’s decision to continue its sponsorship of the museum was welcomed by the counterparties in Norway. Museum Director Mr. Stein Olav Henrichsen commented: “All of us working at the Museum welcome Idemitsu’s support from our heart, and we are proud that we will continue to cooperate in the new museum as well.”

Idemitsu Kosan will continue contributing to the international community through support for the arts and culture.
The Munch Museum
The Munch Museum
The signing ceremony<br>Left: Hiroshi Arikawa, Managing Director of Idemitsu Petroleum Norge.<br>Center: Rina Mariann Hansen, The Vice Mayor for Culture and Sport, The, City of Oslo<br>Right: Stein Olav Henrichsen, Director of the Munch museum
The signing ceremony
Left: Hiroshi Arikawa, Managing Director of Idemitsu Petroleum Norge.
Center: Rina Mariann Hansen, The Vice Mayor for Culture and Sport, The, City of Oslo
Right: Stein Olav Henrichsen, Director of the Munch museum
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