Exhibitions/ Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed

Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed

November 15, 2017–February 4, 2018

Exhibition Catalogue

Fifty masterworks from Munch's career illustrate this intimate study of the enigmatic artist and his remarkable legacy.

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Exhibition Overview

Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944) attained fame early in his career for his depictions of human anxiety. Throughout his career, Munch regularly revisited subjects from his earlier years, exploring them with renewed inspiration and intensity over time. Self-Portrait: Between the Clock and the Bed (1940–43) was one of his final such works and it serves as a lens to reassess Munch's oeuvre.

This exhibition features 43 of the artist's landmark compositions created over a span of six decades, including 16 self-portraits and works that have never before been seen in the United States. More than half of the works on view were part of Munch's personal collection and remained with him throughout his life.


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"An illuminating exhibition that . . . teases out a fresh set of considerations regarding [Munch's] vision." —New Criterion

The exhibition is made possible by Leonard A. Lauder.

It is supported by an Indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

It is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Munch Museum, Oslo.

The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Exhibition Objects

Edvard Munch (Norwegian, 1863–1944). Self-Portrait between the Clock and the Bed (detail), 1940–43. Oil on canvas, 58 7/8 x 47 1/2 in. (149.5 x 120.5 cm). Munch Museum, Oslo, (MM M23). © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Munch Museum