Members' private view
Members' early morning viewing of Edvard Munch: love and angst

Saturday 20 July 2019,
Room 35
Free, booking essential

To book, call 020 7323 8195

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Members can book to visit the exhibition Edvard Munch: love and angst before normal opening hours.

The creator of art's most haunting and iconic face. A radical father of Expressionism. Norway’s answer to Vincent van Gogh. But who was Edvard Munch? Discover this pioneering, subversive artist as the British Museum lifts the veil on his life and works in the largest show of his prints in the UK for 45 years.

The emotional intensity of The Scream has reverberated through history, speaking to generations. The fact that it needs no explanation is arguably one of its strengths. Yet perhaps it is also the reason that, beyond his name, so little is known about its creator – The Scream speaks for itself. Although it has become a universal symbol of human anxiety, it is a deeply personal response to Munch’s upbringing and experiences as a young artist.

Visceral, rebellious and hungry for new experiences, Munch rejected his strict Lutheran upbringing to pursue an unconventional lifestyle and his work articulated his experiences of life in a rapidly changing Europe, that was to be shattered by the first global industrialised conflict. Discover how he mastered the art of printmaking and explore his remarkable body of work. Munch’s innovative techniques, bold use of colour and dark subject matter resonated with shifting attitudes – and mark him out as one of the first truly ‘modern’ artists.

All Members will need to book in advance of their visit for early morning views of the exhibition (please note: this does not apply to visiting during normal opening hours). The timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition at their leisure.

Why not bring a friend? To add a guest facility to your membership, contact the Membership team on 020 7323 8195.

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Edvard Munch, The Scream, lithograph, 1895. Private collection, Norway. CC BY 4 The Munch Museum