Viking Cruises Supports Art World Through Major New Exhibition

River and ocean cruise line Viking ( is continuing to support the arts world through sponsoring an exhibition that brings together the work of Tracey Emin and Edvard Munch plus a new art competition.

With cruises still on hold, the culture driven line which is custodian of a collection of artwork by Norwegian Expressionist Munch is supporting The Loneliness of the Soul exhibition that is on at London’s Royal Academy of Arts until 28th February 2021.

The exhibition brings together the work of British artist Tracey Emin and Munch who were born exactly 100 years apart. The display focuses on themes of grief, loss and longing, and features around 26 works by Emin, who has long been fascinated and inspired by Munch’s work, as well as 18 oil paintings and watercolours by Munch from the collection and archives of the Munch Museum in Oslo.

Munch Museum Atrium
The Art of Viking – Munch in the Atrium

A collection of 44 original Munch pieces are on display on Viking’s ocean ships, and through its own direct partnership with the Oslo Museum, the line has been granted the digital rights to the entire Munch collection. When sailings resume passengers can learn more about Munch’s most inspiring pieces at ‘Munch Moments’, a daily interactive event which digitally showcases a selection of his art curated by theme and set to live music.

Guests can also engage with the artwork on Viking’s ocean ships with a self-guided audio tour featuring insightful commentary from artists, designers, curators and experts.

Launching in early 2021, Viking’s newest ocean ship, Viking Venus is set to showcase up to eight original Munch artworks, and other notable works from Viking’s Munch collection can be found on Viking Sun and Viking Jupiter.

Emin Installation at Royal Academy of Arts Exhibition
Gallery view of Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch The Loneliness of the Soul at the Royal Academy of Arts – Photo: © David Parry/Royal Academy of Arts

Meanwhile, art lovers can visit The Loneliness of the Soul which is open daily. Tickets for the exhibition must be pre-booked for set time slots.

Wendy Atkin-Smith, Managing Director of Viking UK, said: “This is the first time that Tracey Emin’s work has been showcased together with pieces from the Edvard Munch collection and we are delighted to be once again working with our friends at the Royal Academy of Arts to bring this exhibition to London. The exhibition brings together two of Viking’s cultural partners, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Munch Museum in Oslo, and with an extensive collection of original Munch artworks on our ocean ships, we are delighted to be part of this collaboration. Whilst we are looking forward to exploring the cultural riches of far-off destinations soon, we are excited about the opening of this fascinating exhibition a little closer to home.’’

Additionally, Viking has announced it is sponsoring the British Art Prize, a major national open art competition which will provide artists of all levels with a platform to gain exposure and recognition for their work.

Tracey Emin art on display
Tracey Emin art on display

The competition will provide artists of all levels, from hobby painters to professionals, with a platform to gain exposure and recognition for their work, including a prize fund of £10,000 and the chance to win a solo exhibition.

Known as the ‘River Cruise Queen’, Jeannine Williamson is an award-winning travel writer, cruise expert and our cruise correspondent, who has clocked up thousands of nautical miles.

Photographs courtesy of Viking Cruises and the Royal Academy of Arts

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