Basel

Edvard Munch, Vampir (Vampire), 1893, oil on canvas, 31 11/16 x 39 9/16".

Edvard Munch, Vampir (Vampire), 1893, oil on canvas, 31 11/16 x 39 9/16".

Basel

Edvard Munch

Fondation Beyeler
Baselstrasse 101
March 18–July 15, 2007

Curated by Dieter Buchhart

Whereas last year’s Edvard Munch retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York foregrounded haunting representations of what the artist (and the exhibition subtitle) called “the modern life of the soul,” the Beyeler show instead focuses on Munch’s place in art history, illustrating the way his work prepared the ground not only for Expressionism but for modern art generally. Bringing together some 140 paintings, drawings, and prints—including several rarely seen, privately owned works—this survey, curated by Dieter Buchhart, promises to draw our attention to the still-startling unconventionality of Munch’s technique, which included exposing his oil paintings to rain and snow to help them “mature.”