This Swiss retrospective of the Norwegian
modernist's art is a broad-spanning exhibition of
some 130 paintings, many of which are loans from
private collections, including numerous major
works that have been previously unavailable for
public viewing. As Munch (1863–1944) has
become a staple of modernist art, a creator many
viewers may feel overfamiliar or falsely familiar with,
the Fondation Beyeler has revamped what is
known and has chosen to present Munch's work
as an advent to expressionism, following the
artist's trajectory through seven stages of his
creative life and work. To be rediscovered, through
this chronological evolution, is Munch's
idiosyncratic use of the media he worked in, which
include printmaking, drawing, photography, collage
and painting. The exhibition, along with highlighting
Munch's progress and influence, does not shy
away from showing the twin facets of his genius
and despair.

Fondation Beyeler
Edvard Munch: Signs of Modern Art
March 18 through July 15, 2007
Baselstrasse 101
CH-4125 Riehen / Basel
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