Edvard Munch: Magic of the North
Stefanie Heckmann, Thomas Köhler, Janina Nentwig
Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art & Hirmer Verlag, 2023
In 1892, the Association of Berlin Artists invited the still-unknown Edvard Munch (1863–1944) to an exhibition. The public was shocked by the colorful, sketch-like pictures. The artist enjoyed the furor and moved to the city on the Spree, where he repeatedly sojourned until 1908. It was here that he learned the techniques for printed graphics and presented paintings for the first time. These several continuous series would become central to his collection of work. Munch’s radical modernity in painting was a challenge for his contemporaries. This applied in particular to the art scene in Berlin around 1900, which the Norwegian symbolist artist influenced profoundly. In return, he received support there and was able to continue to develop his work. Edvard Munch: Magic of the North is lavishly illustrated and knowledgeably describes the story of Munch and Berlin.