Edvard Munch – Mystery behind the Canvas

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Following on from its successful major exhibitions “Van Gogh:Fields”, “Monet and Camille”, and most recently “Paula in Paris”, the Kunsthalle Bremen shows a comprehensive presentation on the work of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944) in the first season after re-opening.

A sensational discovery was made at the Kunsthalle in 2005: as x-rays were being taken, a second canvas was found beneath Munch’s painting Death and the Child revealing a previously unknown composition by the artist. The new-found work in oils united some of the symbolist painter’s central motifs such as a delicate young female nude, grotesque, lusting male faces and grasping hands.

All through his life, Munch was concerned with existential themes, which he brought together as a cycle in the so-called Frieze of Life . The two paintings belonging to the Kunsthalle take up some decisive aspects – the topics of death, puberty and lust –which will now be investigated in a large-scale exhibition.

Outstanding loans will illustrate the place of the Bremen paintings within Munch’s oeuvre.

The presentation “Edvard Munch – Mystery behind the canvas” is under the patronage of HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.

The accompanying exhibition, “Love, Fear, and Death in Works by Edvard Munch’s Contemporaries. Max Klinger, Odilon Redon, Félicien Rops, Félix Vallotton and others” is presented in the newly extended Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings) of the Kunsthalle. This display further explores the themes and motifs of the Munch exhibition and places them within an international artistic context of the period. On display are 50 prints by more than 20 Belgian, German, and French artists.

Until Feb. 26, 2012 at the Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany.