Members' tour
Members’ exclusive tour: Edvard Munch: love and angst

Wednesday 10 July 2019,
09.00–10.00
Room 35
Tickets £27

To book, call 020 7323 8195

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A private tour of the exhibition Edvard Munch: love and angst

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? Curator Giulia Bartrum talks about 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 nearly 50 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.

This special curator-led tour before the Museum opens to the public is exclusive to Members. This is an intimate and in-depth look at the exhibition presented by the exhibition curators.

Please note that a limited number of tickets will be available for this tour, to ensure that Members have the best experience when visiting. Please meet 10 minutes before the start time at the Information Desk in the Great Court.

Age: 16+


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