On 12th December, Munch's birthday, the biennial Edvard Munch Art Award £43 000 prize will be presented along with an exhibition at The Munch Museum, Oslo.

Director of the museum Stein Olav Henrichsen said: "with knowledge on the art scene in China, India and other Eastern countries. It is very important not to focus too much on Europe and the US when looking for candidates."

"Finally there again is an award honouring Munch."

"The problem with such prizes is that, in order to make it known, an established artist has to receive it, but less well-known artists need it more."

International Munch expert and curator Dieter Buchhart believes it would be a good idea to establish a main award and another one for an up-and-coming artist.

The prize was set up  by the Office for Contemporary Art (OCA), which was created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in order to develop cultural projects with Norway and the international art scene.  Ute Meta Bauer was head of the OCA, when she left and was replaced by Marta Kuzma, the prize was put on hiatus, a decision which was criticised.