Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and Edvard Munch (1863-1944) are known for their emotionally charged paintings and drawings, their personal and innovative style, and their lifes full of hardship. They both strived for modernization of the arts by depicting existential and universal themes in an expressive pictorial language. Despite many striking parallels in their oeuvres and artistic ambitions, and the fact that they are frequently bracketed together, the challenge of juxtaposing them in an exhibition has never been met. The Van Gogh Museum and the Munch Museum have therefore joined forces to create this once-in-your-lifetime exhibition and catalogue.
Munch Museum Oslo, 7 May – 6 September 2015
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, 24 September 2015 – 17 January 2016
”The catalog by curators Maite van Dijk, Leo Jansen and Magne Bruteig traced the affinities between the painters, whose works have often been shown side by side since the early 20th century.”
– Wallstreet Journal