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Introduction

The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is hosting Edvard Munch: Archetypes, the first exhibition to be held on the Norwegian artist in Madrid since 1984. The show brings together a selection of eighty works that examine the painter´s long and prolific career and reveal his ability to synthesize the obsessions of modern humanity.

Curated by Paloma Alarcó and Jon-Ove Steinaug, reviews a wide spectrum of emotional archetypes through which Munch reveals various existential obsessions such as love, desire, jealousy, angst and death, and states of mind including melancholy, passion and submission.

Each section of the exhibition is structured around these archetypes, laid bare in the representation of the human figure in various settings: the seaside, the sick-room, the “green room”, the woods, the night and the artist studio. It combines early works with late versions and paintings with graphic works so as to underscore the thematic and existential circularity of Munch´s oeuvre.

Edvard Munch
Mother and Daughter, 1897
Oil on canvas. 135 x 195 cm
Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo
Photo Jacques Lathion
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