Edvard Munch: Masterpieces from Bergen
The Courtauld Gallery – Until Sep 05, 2022 London (UK)
A major collection of works by Edvard Munch will be on display in the UK for the first time at the Courtauld Gallery. The Morgan Stanley: Edvard Munch exhibition. Bergen Masterpieces will run from May 27 to September 4, 2022 and is part of a partnership between The Courtauld and KODE art museums in Bergen, Norway. KODE in Bergen houses one of the largest Munch collections in the world. Originally collected in the early 20th century by Norwegian industrialist Rasmus Meyer (1858 – 1916), who collected Munch’s work during the artist’s lifetime.
The exhibition will bring together some 18 paintings from this collection. The first time a full group of works from the collection have been seen outside of Norway. He will begin with the early seminal examples of Munch’s “realist” period in the 1880s that launched his career. Such as Morning (1884) and Summer Night (1889), a pivotal work that reflects the artist’s evolution into the expressive and psychologically charged work for which he became famous. These works set the stage for the highly expressive paintings of the 1890s. Evening on Karl Johan (1892). Melancholy (1894-96) and On the Deathbed (1895).
Courtauld’s permanent collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, displayed in the recently refurbished LVMH Great Room, will provide a rich backdrop for the exhibition. Revealing some of the artistic inspirations Munch encountered during his experimental years in Paris from 1889 to 1892. He discovered the modern styles of Gauguin, Toulouse Lautrec and Van Gogh.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with expert input from KODE and The Courtauld. This exhibition is sponsored by Morgan Stanley and supported by the AKO Foundation, with additional support from the Huo Family Foundation.
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