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Edvard Munch: Trembling Earth at The Clark

September 30, 2023 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sundays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays and Saturdays

This exhibition runs June 10–October 15, 2023. Gallery hours are: Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm, September–June; Open daily in July and August, 10 am–5 pm.

The Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is best known for his vivid depictions of love, anxiety, and death. Raised in a strict religious household, one impacted by the early loss of his mother and sister, Munch once poetically stated “sickness, insanity, and death were the black angels that guarded my cradle.” The artist has been understood as an isolated and melancholy figure, and his early years were indeed marked by struggle as he faced critical censure and battled addiction and mental illness. By his mid-thirties, after Munch sought natural cures and medical attention, he found emotional stability and commercial success at home and in Germany, where he lived for many years. When he returned to Norway for short stays, settling there permanently in 1909, Munch lived in a variety of rented and purchased residences in the countryside, preferring natural surroundings to the urban environment.

While Munch is best known for expertly capturing emotion in human figures, many of his works feature landscape. This exhibition examines how he animated nature to express psychological states, celebrate the abundance of the earth, and ponder the mysteries of the forest during a time of rapid industrialization. In his paintings and prints of the Oslo Fjord shoreline in Norway and the Baltic coast in Germany, Munch explored the changes brought about by increased tourism, partially the result of health-reform initiatives extolling the virtues of outdoor activity. Munch developed his own worldview that connected science, human biology, plant life, and the solar system. His landscape-based prints, drawings, and paintings from the 1890s to the 1940s reveal an artist fascinated by humankind’s interaction with the earth and the impact of one on the other.

Edvard Munch: Trembling Earth features brilliantly hued landscapes, stunning figure portraits, and an impressive selection of drawings and prints, including a lithograph of the artist’s most celebrated work, The Scream. The exhibition includes thirty-five works from the Munchmuseet’s world-renowned collection, and more than forty paintings and prints drawn from private collections and rarely exhibited publicly.

The Clark is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition. Trembling Earth will be presented at the Museum Barberini in Potsdam from November 18, 2023–April 1, 2024, and at Munchmuseet (MUNCH) in Oslo from April 27–August 24, 2024.

Venue Details:

Clark Art Institute

225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States

Host Details:

Clark Art Institute

(413) 458 2303
[email protected]
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