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Edvard Munch - Love, Death, and Loneliness

Category: Exhibition 7. October 2015

12 years after the last Munch exhibition in the museum Albertina in Vienna the new show concentrates on the Lithographies, etchings and woodcuts of Edvard Munch along with his other icons like “The Kiss”, “Madonna”, and “Melancholy”.
Curated by Dieter Buchhart, more than 100 graphic print works out of one of the world’s most important private collections are on display in the Propter Homines halls of the Albertina, demonstrating the Norwegian artist’s enormous penchant for experimentation. In the exhibition, the colours of the framed prints are brought out in full by the bright blue and green background of the walls.
Munch’s interest in printmaking began in the 1890ies and many of the exhibited works are unique because the artist painted over them time and again, or changed the colour of the print. He also used the texture and structure of the wood plates, with their grain, their uneven surface, or their stains.
„I do not paint what I see – but what I saw“, said the artist. His pictures were based on memory, the reactivation of this memory of his very personal experiences were at the origin of his work. The self portraits were another constant feature of his creativity over his long career.
The key to Munch’s expressivity, as Albertina Director Klaus Albrecht Schröder states in the interview, is in his relation to temporality, in reconstruction. His present feelings were feelings that had already passed, the motifs that inspired his pictures came from experiences he already had, and so his pictures became symbols of the being of the individual in the upcoming modern times. (written by Cem Angeli)

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