My nieces with the poster of “The Scream” for Munch 150
This year, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944), one of the towering figures of modern art. . Many know Munch as the man who painted The Scream, but his complete works are remarkable and secure his place as one of the greatest artists to have ever lived.
Last week I finally got to see the exhibition “Munch 150” which is co-hosted by the National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo. “ Munch 150” is the most comprehensive and ambitious exhibition ever staged representing his 60 years of prolific work, and it open in Oslo on June 2 and run until October 13. With more of 220 of his paintings, including The Scream and Melancholy, the show will anchor an extensive Munch-related summer program occurring throughout the country.
Apart from Munch’s major works, the exhibit promises less-known treasures. “One of the aims of the exhibition is to inspire visitors to discover ‘their own Munch’ as an ever-experimenting, innovative, and relevant artist,” according to its organizers.
It was such a great walk between masterpieces, and the experience left me both uplifted and humble.
Edvard Munch, who died in 1944, is considered one of the most influential artistic figures in modern European visual arts, and the anniversary event intends to give “an opportunity for a new experience and understanding of Munch’s ground-breaking contributions to modern art,” the organizers say.
In his day he elicited anger and admiration for his unorthodox style of painting. Today his work continues to influence and reflect the realities of the continent.
Other exhibits of his prints, collaborations, interpretations by other artists, collective works done in different periods of his life, documentaries, and plays based on his controversial and celebrated art are on the list, as well as alternative treats like The Scream from Nature, an interactive contemporary project interpreting Munch’s masterpiece The Scream, in which the iconic anxiety-ridden face will be recreated outdoors in large format.
“Munch wrote several texts about The Scream motif, the most poignant among these being: ‘I felt a huge unending scream course through nature,’” write the organizers. “Now, over 100 years later, we hear another ‘scream’ from nature: droughts, forest fires, floods, earth slides, extreme weather, melting glaciers, rising ocean levels and massive extinctions of animal and plant species are just some of the huge challenges the world faces today.”