CSR & the Idemitsu/Munch connection


The Idemitsu group has a long tradition for corporate social responsibility (CSR). In Norway, this social commitment has benefitted the public on more than one occasion through the continuing relationship between us and the Munch museum in Oslo.

Founder of our parent company Idemitsu Kosan, Mr Sazo Idemitsu, was an avid art collector for more than 70 years. Today, his comprehensive collection is on display in three different branches of the Idemitsu Art Museum in Japan - one in Tokyo, where the group’s head quarter is located, one in Osaka and one in Moji, where Idemitsu was founded.

In 1993, Idemitsu Kosan contributed 57 million NOK towards the expansion and refurbishment of the Munch museum in Oslo. As part of the agreement between the two entities, Idemitsu Art Museum has been borrowing three works by Edvard Munch every year for the last 15 years for the Japanese public to see. A number of Munch’s masterpieces have been exhibited in Tokyo throughout this period.

Then in 2007, Idemitsu Petroleum Norge donated 4 million NOK for research, conservation and exhibition of the recovered paintings “Skrik” and “Madonna” after the shocking robbery that made headlines around the world.

For several years the Munch museum has played host to our renowned annual business receptions. The exciting blend of Norwegian art and Japanese delicacies has proven to be a successful one among our partners and associates, and we hope to be able to uphold this tradition for a long time to come.

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