14.9.2019 - 8.12.2019

Edvard Munch. Woodcuts

The exhibition presents a truly remarkable private collection of woodcuts by Edvard Munch while relating the story of the friendship between the world-famous Norwegian artist and the hitherto unknown Danish poet Emanuel Goldstein.

Edvard Munch, "Head by head", 1905, colour woodcut, sheet 450 x 595 mm. Private collection (detail)
Edvard Munch, "Head by head", 1905, colour woodcut, sheet 450 x 595 mm. Private collection (detail)

Here, Munch’s powerful, brightly coloured woodcuts are juxtaposed with Goldstein’s fierce poems about erotic love. The coarsely carved motifs mesh with the ferocious, yet also heart-breaking tenor of the poems. Together, the works let the artists’ strong sensitivity to human emotions and relations take on a striking, sensuous immediacy.