05.07. – 06.10.2013

Edvard Munch at the

From First Kiss to Death

To honour the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch, the Staatsgalerie will present its own Munch graphic holdings enhanced by sheets from the Max Fischer Collection, which is in the museum’s possession in the form of a loan. Munch began producing intaglio prints – etchings and drypoints – in Berlin in the late autumn of 1894, and his first lithograph dates from the same year. In 1896 he sojourned in Paris and discovered the woodcut for himself; along with Félix Vallotton and Paul Gauguin he was among the artists to devote their attention to the colour woodcut virtually from the start. Here Munch employed a special technique consisting in sawing his woodcut blocks in pieces in order to be able to print several colours. Trial proofs and early prints as well as combinations of colour lithography and colour woodcut – another of the artist’s specialities – will be represented in the show to equal degrees. The works on view will mirror Munch’s oeuvre and themes in all of the various stages of their development: the central elements of his art are “memory” – usually divided into the melancholy categories of sickness, fear, death, love, jealousy and desperation – and, again and again, the enigma “woman”.

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