Munch and Modernity
Several generations of scholars associated with the University of Oslo have delivered major contributions to the research on Edvard Munch. Today, art historians at IFIKK continue this tradition by making the work, life and times of Edvard Munch a key point of focus within a broader investigation of modernity and modernism in Scandinavia and internationally.
Source: UiO Kunstsamlingen
About the project
In the past, much work has been done on the relation between Munch’s biography and the various tendencies and developments found in his work. At present, greater emphasis is placed on the local and international contexts of Munch’s work, both in terms of its relation to other artists and artistic movements and in terms of the wider social and political field in which it is operative. Contemporary reception theory forms the point of departure for studies Munch’s work in light of the artistic, art critical and theoretical discourses of the late 19th and early 20th Century. This is also the framework within which the iconography of Munch’s work is now read. The ongoing digitalization of Munch’s writings – a project undertaken by the Munch Museum in Oslo – is a uniquely valuable resource for this work.
The Edvard Munch project at IFIKK takes place within a larger international network of Munch scholars and includes collaborations within institutions within the Nordic countries as well as in USA, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. The project hosts annual conferences and has resulted in a number of articles in journals and museum catalogues, as well as book publications.