The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography
The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography, opening November 21, 2017 at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, brings the photographic work of the master painter to NYC for its first showing in the U.S.
Internationally celebrated for his paintings, prints, and watercolors, Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944) also took photographs. This exhibition of photographs and films by Edvard Munch emphasizes the artist’s experimentalism, examining his exploration of the camera as an expressive medium. By probing and exploiting the dynamics of “faulty” practice, such as distortion, blurred motion, eccentric camera angles, and other photographic “mistakes,” Munch photographed himself and his immediate environment in ways that rendered them poetic. In both still images and in his few forays with a hand-held moving-picture camera, Munch not only archived images, but invented them.