PREVIEW: Edvard Munch: love and Angst, British Museum

The British Museum’s upcoming exhibition will be the biggest display  of the artist’s prints in 45 years. 

Edvard Munch (1863-1944), Self-Portrait, 1895. (c)The Trustees of the British Museum.

On display from the 11th April, the British Museum will present a major new exhibition on the work of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, concentrating on his experimental prints – the art form that he made his name with.

Created in collaboration with Norway’s Munch Museum, the exhibition will feature nearly 50 prints from their collection. The 83 pieces of work to be included in the exhibition highlight the artist’s skill and creativity in
expressing the feelings and experiences of the human condition – from love and desire, to jealousy, loneliness, anxiety and grief.

A major highlight of the exhibition will be Munch’s The Screamwhich is one of the best known pieces of art in the world. The British Museum will also display a rare lithograph in black and white which Munch created following a painted version and two drawings of the image.

Other highlights of the exhibition will include Vampire II which is
generally considered to be one of his most elaborate and technically accomplished prints; the controversial Madonna, an erotic image which features an explicit depiction of swimming sperm and a foetus and provoked outrage at the time; and Head by Head which is a stunning print representing the complex relationship between human beings. All three of these prints will be displayed alongside their original matrix (the
physical objects which Munch used to transfer ink onto paper) which have never been seen in the UK before

Talking about the exhibition, Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum said: “The British Museum is delighted to be staging this fascinating and challenging exhibition dedicated to the captivating work of Edvard Munch. We are honoured that the Munch Museum in Oslo
will be sending us one of their biggest international loans of Munch’s prints, which can be seen alongside a number of key Munch works in the British Museum’s collection. Together, this survey of Munch’s pioneering art will allow visitors to see why he is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. We are grateful for the generous support of AKO Foundation which has enabled us to put on this fascinating show.”

Edvard Munch: Love and Angst will be on display at the British  Museum from the 11th April until the 21st July 2019.

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