“Edvard Munch: The Modern Life of the Soul” exhibition opens at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on the 19th of February, through to the 8th of May 2006. The retrospective of the famous Norwegian artist is the first to be held at the MoMA for more than 30 years.
Edvard Munch’s famous Scream painting has been in the news quite a bit lately, with those suspected of stealing the painting going on trial this week in an Oslo court.
Anyway, the exhibition at the MoMA is an attempt to show that Munch was not a one hit wonder, but had quite a lot more going for him than just one iconic image. It covers his whole oeuvre, spanning more than 60 years. More than 130 oil paintings, works on paper, and prints by the artist will be on display.
Edvard Munch: The Modern Life of the Soul @ MoMA
“Beginning with the artist’s early portraits and genre scenes, the exhibition charts Munch’s move away from Norwegian naturalism toward an unprecedented exploration of modern existential experience. Through eighty-seven paintings and fifty works on paper representing each phase of his career, the exhibition reveals Munch’s struggle to translate personal trauma into universal terms and, in the process, comprehend the fundamental components of human existence: birth, love, and death.” MoMA Exhibition