The expressive style of Edvard Munch is known throughout the world. He explores existential topics with drama and passion: death, fear and illness, love and sexuality – representing the things that occupy his inner world with virtuoso aplomb. The Haus der Graphischen Sammlung is showing a selection of his print graphic works: images in which he peers into the abyss of the modern soul with an artist’s eye.
At the beginning of the 20th century and following a failed love affair, Munch lived through years of crisis culminating in a nervous breakdown. During his stay in hospital, he transformed his sickroom into an artist’s atelier. His “Alpha and Omega” portfolio, a print graphic masterpiece of 22 lithographs and a prose poem, was created here. It forms the centrepiece of this cabinet exhibition.
The artworks come from the rich collection in the Museum Kunst der Westküste on the North Sea island of Föhr. Several paintings from the Augustinermuseum’s own collection supplement the exhibition.