Edvard Munch is considered a pioneer of Expressionism and Classic Modernism and was the most significant Norwegian proponent of Symbolism. His comprehensive oeuvre includes paintings, graphics, and drawings; the most well-known among them 'The Scream', were made in the 1890s and were comprised by Munch in the so-called 'Frieze of Life'. The mentally and physically unstable artist experienced several stays at sanatoriums and used his expressive, symbolic pictorial language to come to terms with his fears. Insofar as he used the line as a determining pictorial element, his work was also influenced by early Art Nouveau. The Albertina Museum is dedicating an exhibition to Munch showcasing over 60 works by the Norwegian artists, to feature his ground-breaking body of work. His works are placed into an interaction with works by contemporary artists, among them Georg Baselitz, Miriam Cahn, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol, illustrating the profound impact Munch’s work had on art.
The exhibition is on view through June 19, 2022.