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Munch 150: A celebration. Painter Edvard Munch’s 150th anniversary opens January 23rd in Oslo, with various national and international exhibitions celebrating the master. Munch, who is considered the world’s most famous modernist, left a huge number of works. Over 1,000 paintings are among them. Born in Løten, north of Oslo on December 12th, 1863 as Eddevard, Munch was baptised at birth as he seemed rather weak.

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Munch 150: A celebration

Published on Tuesday, 15th January, 2013 at 11:44 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.
Last Updated on 15th January 2013 at 11:55.

Painter Edvard Munch’s 150th anniversary opens January 23rd in Oslo, with various national and international exhibitions celebrating the master.

Edvard Munch in 1921
Edvard Munch in 1921
Photo: Anders Beer Wilse/Norwegian Museum of Cultural History


Munch, who is considered the world’s most famous modernist, left a huge number of works. Over 1,000 paintings are among them.

Born in Løten, north of Oslo on December 12th, 1863 as Eddevard, Munch was baptised at birth as he seemed rather weak.

He later lost his mother at the age of 5, then subsequently his sister to tuberculosis. The family moved to the capital Kristiania in 1865, the then name of capital Oslo.

Edvard Munch was 20 when he made his debut. 10 years later, he painted masterpieces ‘Madonna’ and ‘The Scream’ influenced by Arthur Schopenhauer and Friederich Nietzsche whilst living in Berlin, being a part of the bohemian circle of influential thinkers and artists.

Nationally, a series of exhibitions will in kick off this year’s celebrations, occurring in every town he lived or worked in – areas in Norway that influenced the landscapes in his paintings.

Exhibitions are also scheduled in Munch’s birthplace, Løten, as well as Fredrikstad, Vågå, Moss, Vestby, Horten, Kragerø, and Moss.

Three important dates for those interested to note occur in February. First on the agenda is Munch’s famous ‘Self-portrait with Cigarette’ from 1895.

This will be on tour in Tromsø from February 4th to February 21st at the Nordnorsk Museum, before traveling to Fredrikstad, Røros, Førde, and Notodden.

Starting on Munch’s birthday, December 12th, at the Svalbard Museum, it is now currently at the RiddoDuottar Museum in Karasjok, northern Norway.

Forlaget Press will release the book ‘The Scream’ on February 7th, by authors Poul Erik Tøjner – director of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark – and culture journalist Bjarne Riiser Gundersen.

The book might give some answers to why Munch’s art became so significant. This adds to Mr Tøjner’s book of 2003 ‘Munch – with his own words’ containing some diary entries and letters translated to English.

Then, travelling exhibition ‘The Modern Eye’, showing Munch’s experimental photographic art ends at The Munch Museum in Oslo on February 17th.

Another important event will be the June opening to the public of Munch’s house in Horten municipality’s Åsgårdstrand, Vestfold County.

This was the first house he ever bought and owned, living there between 1889 and 1905.

Internationally, Thiel’s Gallery in Stockholm is celebrating Munch’s 150th from February 9th with the exhibition "Munch!" All the Munch works the gallery owns date from the period 1880 to 1910.

The exhibition Warhol and Munch will be held in New York between April 27th and May 27th 2013 at Scandinavian House.

One of the lithographs displayed here will be ‘The Scream’, along with works of Warhol and Munch from the Munch Museum in Oslo, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and contributions from private collectors.

No tribute to Edvard Munch would be complete without mentioning facts about ‘The Scream’, of course.

One of four versions – the first, painted in 1893 – went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in New York for a world auction record of USD 119,922,500 to financier Leon Black.

The pastel is on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art until March 2013. Munch painted the first version in 1893. Three other versions exist, two of which are paintings.

When asking Oslo Munch Museum about why ‘The Scream’ got so famous and came to be the most expensive ever sold at an auction, Bård Hammervold explained, “The reasons are complex and almost impossible to answer.”

“I think the fear and anxiety that Munch expresses in the motive combined with the tremendous public distribution, almost as a brand, through movies, products, posters and imitations, has created public interest,” he added.

The marketing and communications director also said that, “there is no doubt that the theft of ‘The Scream’ has also helped to build an aura around the image that made it interesting and familiar to many.”

The entire year’s Munch 150th programme can be found here.




Published on Tuesday, 15th January, 2013 at 11:44 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.
Last updated on 15th January 2013 at 11:55.

This post has the following tags: edvardmunch, norwaymunch, munch150.





  
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