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"Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety and Myth," The Art Institute of Chicago

Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth
February 14–April 26, 2009


This compelling new exhibition opening in mid-February 2009, features approximately 150 works, including 75 paintings and 75 works on paper by Munch and his contemporaries, many rarely seen in the U.S. The exhibition examines Munch's work vis-a-vis peers including van Gogh, Monet, James Ensor and others, in exploring themes of death, dying, loneliness, love, sexuality and solitude.

“Two potent myths have traditionally defined our understanding of the artist Edvard Munch: that he was mentally unstable, as his iconic work The Scream suggests, and that he was influenced by the contemporary art of France and Germany to the exclusion of his native Norway. The Art Institute’s exhibition Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth aims to challenge and overturn these entrenched myths by presenting Munch’s paintings, prints, and drawings in relation to those of his European contemporaries.” (The Art Institute of Chicago)

Images at right (top to bottom):

Edvard Munch (Norwegian, 1863–1944). Kiss by the Window, 1892. Oil on canvas. 73 x 92 cm (28 3/4 x 36 1/4 in.) The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, NG.M.02812 (C) 2008 The Munch Museum / The Munch-Ellingsen Group / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

Edvard Munch (Norwegian, 1863–1944). Melancholy, 1894/96. Oil on canvas. 81 x 100.5 cm (31 7/8 x 39 5/8 in.) The Rasmus Meyer Collection, The Bergen Art Museum, RMS.M.249 (C) 2008 The Munch Museum / The Munch-Ellingsen Group / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

Edvard Munch (Norwegian, 1863–1944). Death in the Sickroom, 1893. Oil on canvas. 134.5 x 160 cm (53 x 63 in.) Munch Museum, Oslo, MMM 418 (C) 2008 The Munch Museum / The Munch-Ellingsen Group / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

Details:
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
Tel. 312.443.3600
www.artic.edu

The Edvard Munch exhibition is a ticketed event.
Tickets go on sale on January 15, 2009.


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