Photo/IllutrationPainting restorers carefully check the state of “The Scream” at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Taito Ward on Oct. 24. (Satoru Iizuka)

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“The Scream,” Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s masterpiece that was stolen in 2004, underwent final preparations on Oct. 24 ahead of its long-awaited first showing in Japan.

The famed painting and about 100 other artworks created by Munch (1863-1944) will be displayed at the “Munch: A Retrospective” exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum from Oct. 27.

Munch created four versions of “The Scream.”

Painting restorers from the Munch Museum in Oslo accompanied the one that recently arrived at the museum in Tokyo’s Ueno district.

They inspected the “The Scream” through a loupe to ensure it had not been scarred or faded by light during transportation.

Inger Grimstad, one of the restorers, told a reporter that aside from damage caused when it was being stolen, everything appeared fine.

The procedures were conducted under very tight security.

The artwork was stolen in Norway in 2004. It was retrieved two years later after a number of arrests.

Hosted by The Asahi Shimbun and other institutions, “Munch: A Retrospective” will run through Jan. 20.