4 October 2013 – 12 January 2014 at Kunsthaus Zürich
Love, pain and death, passion, loneliness and sorrow: the entire oeuvre of Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944) revolves around the fundamental experiences of human existence. Powerfully and unflinchingly, Munch explores the feelings of hope and despair, transience and disappearance that define the life of modern human beings. Munch is one of the undisputed precursors of the Expressionist currents that began to shape European painting at the start of the 20th century. The formal boldness of his imagery and the radicalism of his themes inspire contemporary artists to this day.
The Kunsthaus Zürich is showing some 150 masterpieces by the Norwegian Expressionist Edvard Munch. The large-format works on paper, half of them in colour, comprise all of his most celebrated motifs: ‘The Scream,’ ‘Angst’ and ‘Melancholy,’ as well as ‘Vampire,’ ‘Madonna,’ the ‘Girls on the Bridge’ and self-portraits. It is the first time this private collection, ranging from Munch’s first drypoint to his final lithograph, has been shown in public in its entirety.
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