“Munch and Expressionism”, the Bond Between Munch and his German and Austrian Peers

Until the 13th of June, Some Munch’s Works Are on View at Neue Galerie of New York

April 20th, 2016
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The exhibition: “Munch and Expressionism” is an exhibition that aims to examine the artist’s influence on his German and Austrian contemporaries as well as the influence that they had upon him. For this reason, the exhibition comprises artworks of several German artists like Max Beckmann, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabriele Münter, and Emile Nolde, and also artworks of Austrian artist like Richard Gerstl, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele.

The curator of the exhibition decided to show the approaches of these artists to themes such as: adolescence, urban anxiety and self- portraiture in order to examine the similarities and the differences between their works. The exhibition includes various works never shown before in the United States, consisting of approximately 35 paintings and 50 works on paper from both public and private collections worldwide. Furthermore, a fully illustrated catalogue, published by Prestel Verlag featuring contributions by leading scholars in the field, accompanies the show and explores Munch’s impact on German and Austrian artists into the Expressionist context.

The exhibition, curated by the Expressionist scholar Dr. Jill Lloyd, has been organized in partnership with the Munch specialist Dr. Reinhold Heller and in collaboration with the Munch Museum of Oslo. Dr. Lloyd is specialized in twentieth-century art, with particular expertise for German and Austrian art. She has organized various important exhibitions for the Neue Galerie New York, before this one, including “Van Gogh and Expressionism” in 2007 and “Ferdinand Hodler: View to Infinity” in 2012. Furthermore, she curated also other exhibitions as an independent art historian, at the Tate, the Royal Academy in London, and the National Gallery in Washington D.C., and has published several books, including “German Expressionism, Primitivism and Modernity” (Yale University Press), which with awarded the National Art Book Prize. Now, in addition to this exhibition, she is also involved in an exhibition for the Royal Academy of Art, titled “Expressionism: The Cult of Youth”. 

As said before, the exhibition revolves around the most famous Norwegian painter ever, Edvard Munch (1863-1944). He greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century. He dealt with the dark themes, including alienation, sin and human vulnerability using vivid colors to intensify the emotional power of his subjects. In this way, he paved the way for a new vision and attitude towards art. This exhibition is the first real and accurate study of the artist’s work, in order to understand not only the relationship between Munch’s personal life and his art, but also the bond between his works and those of his German and Austrian peers. 

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Valentina Mazzone, CD News Team