Kunsthall Oslo - Andy Warhol: After Munch

In 1983–84, commissioned by the Bellman gallery, Pop artist Andy Warhol (1928–87) produced a series of 15 paintings with images taken directly from Edvard Munch’s best known lithographic prints.
Warhol had long regarded Munch, alongside Henri Matisse, as one of his favourite artists, and he had visited Oslo in 1973 to view Munch’s works at the National Gallery and the Munch Museum. Like most of Warhol’s best-known works, these are copies which at the same time transform the sense and meaning of the originals. The paintings describe a transaction in which the famously superficial Warhol becomes a profound and important figure in the history of art, while Munch, tortured and brooding, is best known for the mass-culture icon that The Scream has become.
Andy Warhol, The Scream (After Munch), 1984. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Photo: Sparebankstiftelsen DNBNOR
Kunsthall Oslo - Andy Warhol: After Munch exhibition
The exhibition includes three of the original fifteen paintings, several unique full-scale test prints, and screenprints from an unpublished edition of the same motifs. We will also screen Warhol’s film Kiss (1963), a fifty minute movie of couples kissing for 3 ½ minutes each, is also on view.

Start date: May 26, 2018
End date: August 26, 2018

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