Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye
- Tate Modern |
- 28 June – 14 October 2012
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This exhibition aims to present Norwegian painter Edvard Munch 'emphatically' as a 20th-century artist.
Edvard Munch, The Girls on the Bridge, 1901
© The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo/DACS 2011
The painter of The Scream is often associated with 19th-century movements such as Symbolism and Impressionism, but this exhibition will focus on the 20th-century works and their debt to contemporary developments in photography, film and stage productions.
Munch's large body of self portraits is represented, with photographic pieces and his final self portrayal, Between the Clock and the Bed, in which he shows himself old and frail. There will also be works that reference the advancing technological developments in cinema and photography, such as On the Operating Table, in which the protagonists loom cinematically from the canvas.
What the critics say
Go and see this show if you possibly can. The bad times are always good with Edvard Munch.
Not easy viewing, certainly; but, in terms of the Munch we know and love, it's a scream
This is an art historians' exhibition for other art historians rather than the wider public.
It is a terrifying image, modern or not. See it if you can.