I think 2016 is my lucky year. I have received the most incredible, because three-tiered invitation: to curate an exhibition at the Munch Museum in Oslo, of their enormous collection of Munch paintings and graphics; to incorporate the installations of Madame B in it; and to write an extensive catalogue for it. It is so exciting, and also challenging, in view of my limited knowledge of Munch’s work, and of the time frame: the opening is on January 25th, 2017. Luckily, I was so stimulated by the invitation and the friendly and helpful staff in Oslo that I came up with an idea right away.
To get a sense of my concept, look here:
I have selected the paintings, and with the help of Ute Kuhlemann Falck, curator of graphics at the Museum, checked their availability. Given the popularity of Munch, this was not easy. Many paintings are or will be on loan elsewhere. Ute is co-author of this 2014 book:
The photo gives a good impression of the fascinating use of material in Munch’s work.
Heaping more luck on me, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has invited me to spend the Fall semester there as a fellow. And guess what… one of the great Munch specialists, Jay A. Clarke, works just there, and so I can be confident that I will have a well-supplied library as well as an expert consultant at my disposal. Plus, a fabulous collection of art more or less contemporary to Munch as a daily lunch-break space to walk through.
I am starting a page in “curating” that keeps you informed about my progress. Needless to say, I will be terribly busy for the rest of this year. For more, see Emma and Edvard