MUNCH | WARHOL and the Multiple Image brings together two of the 20th century’s most prolific and inventive printmakers – Norwegian Edvard Munch and American Andy Warhol. Co-curated by Dr. Patricia G. Berman and Pari Stave and organized in honor of the 150th anniversary of Munch’s birth, the exhibition closely examines four graphic images produced by Munch at the turn of the century – The Scream, Madonna, The Brooch. Eva Mudocci, Self-Portrait – and later revisited by Andy Warhol in a little-known but extraordinary series of prints from 1984.
Comprising over 30 original works from private and museum collections – some of which will be seen for the first time – the exhibition reveals remarkable affinities between the two artists: a preoccupation with themes of anxiety and alienation, ideal beauty, sex and mortality, and an ability to skillfully mine the iconic power of the image to craft their own mythic identities in self-portraits and in life.
MUNCH | WARHOL will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, available nationwide. Featuring an essay by Dr. Berman and Pari Stave’s interview with Roland Augustine, former co-director of Galleri Bellman, which commissioned the Warhol project. The catalogue is published by the ASF and distributed in the United States by D.A.P.
MUNCH | WARHOL and the Multiple Image was made possible by contributions from the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York, The Bergesen Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Trond S. Jensen, Martin E. Segal, Kjersti and Bernt Reitan, Nelson Blitz, Jr. and Catherine Woodard, the Bård and Barbara Bunaes Family Fund, and Bente Svensen Frantz. Additional support has come from The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation’s generous grant for Scandinavia House cultural programs and exhibitions, as well as The F. Donald Kenney Fund for the Visual Arts and The Norwegian Centennial Cultural Fund of The American-Scandinavian Foundation. Transportation of artworks from Norway was provided by SAS Scandinavian Airlines. The exhibition’s companion catalogue has been made possible by a grant from the Fritt Ord Foundation.