New-York, 21 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
From 24 September 2012, a version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream will be lend to the MoMA for six months. It was auctioned for a record price of $119.9M by Sotheby’s last May.
Of the four versions of The Scream made by the artist, this 1895 pastel is the only one belonging to a private collector, the others being exhibited in Norwegian museums. This version, the most colourful of the four, presents a tortured human figure under a bright yellow orange sky. The museum will improve its security systems for the occasion. Drawings of the artist will be shown aside the painting.
The Scream is one of the Expressionism star paintings, and was painted between 1893 and 1917. This painting, symbolising modern man overwhelmed by existential anguish, is considered the artist’s major work. The back landscape is the port of Nice, according to the Oslo Munch Museum.