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Published on September 21st, 2009 | by bngr

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Edvard Munch Prints Exhibition

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From 19 September to 6 December 2009 the National Gallery are hosting an exhibition of prints by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.

Munch is best known for his painting the Scream (and the fact that it was stolen, twice); a print of which (above) features in the exhibition.  The exhibition features 40 prints by Munch spanning his career.

The exhibition takes place on the ground floor of the new Wing of the Gallery, tickets €5, with other concessions including free entry all day on Mondays.

Hence I went and had a look today at lunchtime and it is well worth a visit.  It’s rare for Ireland to get this quality of famous art.  The prints are beautiful and are typical of turn of the century expressionist art.  Any Klimt fans will appreciate the prints.

Go see.



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13 Responses to Edvard Munch Prints Exhibition

  1. Rick says:

    God yes. Already at the top of my “to do” list.

  2. Darren Byrne says:

    Munch’s scream is probably one of the most parodied pieces of art in pop culture, after the Mona Lisa. I will definitely be checking this out.

    I remember studying Munch’s work and finding it fascinating. I love expressionism – Munch, Kandinski and Modigliani in particular.

  3. Emlyn says:

    Will be going to see that for sure 🙂

  4. Emlyn says:

    @ Darren – i love Kadinsky too, think he’s the nearest there is to creating a musical equivelant in painting (the different shapes, colours, etc acting like notes).

  5. Went to see this Yesterday – and was very impressed. There’s a strong psychological side to the exhibition.

  6. bngr says:

    Richard – yes it’s not the happy picnic by the lake. Most of the print themes are morbid, eg lonliness, jealousy, melancholy etc. It just makes them more interesting I think.

    Rick/Emlyn – you won’t be disappointed.

    Darren – the text describing the Scream print refers to Munch taking on a challenge that art could not describe a scream. The print has writing on it that is not represented here, or in the painting, of “ich fuhlte das grosse Geschrei durch die Natur” (I feel a big scream through Nature).

    I heart Kandinsky too. It’s like there was a shift in popular culture towards the end of the 1990s from impressionism to expressionism as the No 1 popular art form. It used to be all Monet and Degas; now the sell-out world art exhibitions are Kandinsky and Klimt. I’ve travelled for both. Personally my favourite newbie will always be Mondrain.

  7. Efa says:

    Oh i’m very excited about this! I visited the Munch Museum in Oslo last summer knowing very little about him but I really enjoyed it!

  8. Niall says:

    Would love to check this out. Keep meaning to go to the Escher musuem in Den Haag but haven’t yet. I’m so lazy…

  9. lecraic says:

    Will definitely be checking this out.

  10. Séamus says:

    Looks interesting, like Escher too, have some book at home titled Godin, Escher and Bach. A musical equivalent in painting sounds interesting as well, Emlyn.

  11. bngr says:

    Efa – Munch museum sounds great.

    Niall – I’d love to check out the Escher museum, but I’d be disappointed if the building didn’t have one of those optical illusion stairwells.

    LeCraic – do.

    Seamus – I googled that book. It comes up in a top ten list of books for computer scientists; exploring “how symbols, thought and language are all intertwined and how reality is essentially a composition of overlapping meanings and perceptions”. Don’t think I’m awake enough right now for that.

  12. Stan says:

    Gödel, Escher, Bach is even more fun than it sounds. It’s the first Hofstadter book I read, and it remains the breeziest. (I’m not a computer scientist, but yes: it helps to be wide awake for this one.)

  13. Bngr says:

    I think I need a lot of time on my hands before tackling that tome Stan, but I believe you.

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