Magic of the North - Edvard Munch in Berlin
The exhibition "Magic of the North", which will be on show at the Berlinische Galerie from 15 September 2023 to 22 January 2024, tells the story of Edvard Munch and Berlin illustrated by about 80 works: Paintings, prints and photographs.
With the radical modernity of his paintings, Edvard Munch (1863-1944) challenged his contemporaries, especially in Berlin, where the Norwegian symbolist exerted big influence at the turn of the century.
The German capital was in the grip of a fervour for all things Nordic. Even the Association of Berlin Artists invited the young artist, as yet unknown, to put on an exhibition in 1892. Viewers were shocked by the bright colours and perceived the paintings as sketchy.
The artist delighted in this attention.
He moved to the Spree, living in the city again and again between 1892 and 1907.
On the banks of the Spree, Munch's works were not just the parting shot for modern art. They also transformed conventional thinking about the “magic of the North” (Stefan Zweig). Romantic and naturalist notions of fjord landscapes gave way to the psychological density of Munch’s visual cosmos.
During the Nazi dictatorship from 1933, the painter was initially celebrated by cultural politicians as a "great Nordic artist", only to become an early victim of the defamatory campaign against “degenerate” art.
The Oslo Munchmuseet and many other international partners are generously supporting the exhibition in Berlin with loans.
Munch in Germany 2023
One artist, two exhibitions - the art highlight in Germany
The Museum Barberini in Potsdam, only 30 kilometres from Berlin's city centre, will show from 18 October 2023 to 1 April 2024 the exhibition Edvard Munch: Transforming Nature.
This exhibition of landscape paintings by Edvard Munch focuses on his interaction with nature.