“Munch, a Norwegian artist who lived from 1863-1944, remains among the most popular and most critically acclaimed artists of that period for his evocative depictions of universal human emotions and experiences – love, attraction, separation and death,” says museum curator Dennis Harper.
Equally adept in printmaking as in paint, Munch used the directness of graphic media to intensify his artistic statements. Munch frequently reworked themes he explored in prior paintings and prints, simplifying forms almost to the point of abstraction and distilling his narrative to pure symbolism. One of his most recognized and copied works is “The Scream.”
The Auburn exhibition of select graphic works by Munch – a rare occurrence for the Southeast – is made possible through a loan of prints from a collector whose granddaughter is a student at Auburn. Those works are augmented by prints from the Epstein Family Collection, one of the largest Munch collections in the world. Included in the JCSM exhibition are some of the artist’s most haunting images: “The Kiss” and “Melancholy III.”
Programming related to the exhibition will include a public lecture by Munch scholar Patricia Gray Berman at 4 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the museum auditorium and “An Evening with Munch,” featuring members of the Departments of Music and Theatre, at 5 p.m. on April 21.
For more information about the Jule Collins Smith Museum, including “Prints by Edvard Munch” and other exhibitions, go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu/index.php or call (334) 844-1484.
(Contributed by Colleen Bourdeau.)