The 2022 Internationale Tage exhibition shines a light on the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Born in 1863, Munch quickly evolved into one of the most famous and influential painters and graphic designers of early modernism in Europe.
After briefly studying art in Christiania (today’s Oslo), he was drawn to visit Paris for the first time in 1889, where he encountered the symbolism of the outgoing century. Personal tragedies, including the early deaths of his mother and a sister, as well as unfortunate relationships with women, soon left their mark on Munch’s artistic output. Thus, the relationship between the sexes, with the facets of happiness and anxiety, expectation and longing, became a basic theme of his art, one that increasingly diverged from symbolism after the turn of the 20th century.