Edvard Munch MoMA Exhibition

“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.
edvard munch exhibition

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

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Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Managed to catch the members preview at MOMA before leaving NYC. It is an outstanding display of a Master’s painting and graphic work. The first view of an appreciable selection of his finest pictures is stunning. No reproduction is able to convey the impact of the surfaces he created and the effects wrought by his treatment of the canvases. The open-to-the-air storage facility in which he often worked contributed to the world weary, anxious undercurrent communicated.
    For anyone who does not plan a trip to Norway, this is a “must-see” to understand his impact on German Expressionism and why individual pieces have become iconic.
    Yes, I do mean that, to one amateur, though elderly, student of art history, this exhibition matches Picasso and Matisse, Pissarro and Cezanne, and other recent “blockbusters” both in intrinsic aesthetic and in art-historical value.

  2. Sounds excellent. I’m afraid the closest I can come to seeing it is to buy the catalogue for the exhibition. I noticed it was available online from the MoMA website.

  3. The catalogue is excellent and I have it but I find the Hatje Cantz Publishers Edvard Munch:Theme and Variation edited by Schroder and Hoerschelmann even better, I cannot recall the price for either so that doesn’t enter into my recommendation.

  4. Anonymous says:

    A delightful exhibition. I went there on Monday morning and it was packed. Highly recommended to visit now. Undoubtely it will become difficult to enjoy it fully once the deadline looms close.

  5. That’s the problem with big blockbuster exhibitions.. the crowds.
    It’s hard to really appreciate the works while you’re trying to push your way through people. And forget about standing back from a painting to see it from a distance.

    I find it’s best to pick up an exhibition catalogue if its a great show. Between the memory of the exhibition and the photo in the catalogue, you seem to see the paintings more clearly.

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