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Edvard Munch: Trembling Earth

Nov 18, 2023 – Apr 1, 2024

Edvard Munch's art is known for its vivid depictions of deeply human feelings. However, his fascination with nature plays an equally important role in his art and was being addressed for the first time in an exhibition. Edvard Munch: Trembling Earth investigated the meaning of such images in Munch’s oeuvre, questioning common assumptions and examining the contemporaneous artistic, scientific, and philosophical influences that contributed to his understanding of nature. 

While Edvard Munch viewed nature as a cyclically self-renewing power, he also saw it as a mirror of human emotions. His interest in the psychological dimensions of existence, however, was matched by an equally strong fascination with nature. Employing his unique sensibility and power of imagination, Munch explored motifs taken from nature, seeking to fathom humanity’s place in the cosmic cycle of life. Munch developed a pantheistic understanding of nature, which he projected onto the forests and coasts of Norway. With motifs ranging from undulating coastlines and fairytale forests to snow-covered or stormy landscapes, luxuriant gardens, and the exuberant play of sun, air, and water, Munch’s work also resonated with the present-day climate crisis against the backdrop of current natural catastrophes.

 Edvard Munch:  Summer Night by the Beach , 1902/03

Edvard Munch: Summer Night by the Beach, 1902/03

 Edvard Munch:  The Yellow Log , 1912

Edvard Munch: The Yellow Log, 1912

 Edvard Munch:  Stormy Landscape , 1902-03

Edvard Munch: Stormy Landscape, 1902-03

 Edvard Munch:  The Girls on the Bridge,  1902

Edvard Munch: The Girls on the Bridge, 1902

 Edvard Munch:  The Sun,  1910-13

Edvard Munch: The Sun, 1910-13

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