Director of the Munch Museum describes Munch’s The Scream as particularly relevant to Brexit

The Scream

Edvard Munch: love and angst opens at the British Museum on Thursday 11 April, 2019

London is experiencing an exciting time with the opening of so many vibrant art exhibitions. Opening on Thursday, 11 April at the British Museum is the largest exhibition of prints by Edvard Munch in the UK for 45 years.

A pioneer of modern art, the exhibition of 83 works by Munch, includes many loaned from the Munch Museum in Oslo. Best known as a painter, and particularly for his painting The Scream which the Director of the Munch Museum in his opening speech of the exhibition described as an example of Brexit. Munch is quoted as saying of his painting when he saw the sky going red ‘I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.’

The exhibition focuses on his creative period of printmaking between the 1890s and the end of the First World War in 1918 when he established his reputation, demonstrating his skill and creativity in expressing the feelings and experiences of the human condition. This stretched from love and desire, to jealousy, loneliness, anxiety and grief. The exhibition also shows how Munch’s artistic vision was shaped by the radical ideas expressed in art, literature, science, and theatre in Europe during his lifetime.

The pictures relate to events of the period separated by themes – Bohemians and free love,  love in torment, anguish and isolation, sickness and death, stage and performance, ending with the home coming.

The exhibition which runs until 21 July, 2019  is accompanied by a series of evening talks.

Adult tickets £17.00. £14.00 on Mondays.  Under 16s free. On Fridays, students and 16 -18s can enjoy 2-for-1 tickets.

Booking in advance recommended.

Sir Joseph Hotung Great Court Gallery,

British Museum

Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.

T. 020 7323 8181


About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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