Between Art and Mass Communication: Edvard Munch and Printmaking

Annual conference organized by the project "Munch and Modernity" will take place in Oslo on the 22nd of November. Registration is required.

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The conference

In 2013, the year of Edvard Munch’s 150th birthday, the Munch Museum will host an anniversary exhibition which is dedicated to Munch’s vast oeuvre of works on paper (“Munch on Paper”, opening 1st November 2013). Central to this exhibition is Munch’s activity as a printmaker: Beside presenting key images and their various techniques, the exhibition will also address Munch’s exploitation of printmaking as a medium of mass communication, touching, for example, on the concept of print portfolios such as “The Mirror.”  It will also examine the instrumentalisation of the print market through Munch’s exhibition policy of prints, as well as his network of print collectors and dealers.

The aim of this conference is to investigate these important ideas in depth and to evaluate Munch’s achievement in the area of printmaking from various angles.  Besides technical and object-based enquiries, we specifically seek contributions that place Munch and printmaking in broader contexts such as:

  1. Mass media and mass distribution;
  2. Reproduction and repetition;
  3. Audience and reception;
  4. Social criticism;
  5. The art market;
  6. The culture and practice of print workshops.

The conference programme

Time Speaker


08.30 - 09.00 Registration, Munch museum
09.00 - 09.15 Welcome from the conference organisers, Stein Olav Henrichsen and Ute Kuhlemann Falck
09.15 - 10.15
Keynote address: Gerd Woll, Oslo

Munch's graphic works: mass communcation or adjustments to the market?

10.15 - 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 - 12.45 Session 1: Modes of Print Production

Alison Chang, Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design

Deeply Engrained: Wood Grain in Edvard Munch’s The Kiss

Allison Morehead, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario

Lithographic and Biological Error in Women in the Hospital

Britany Salsbury, City University of New York Graduate Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Edvard Munch’s The Mirror and the Print Portfolio in Fin-de-Siècle Paris
12.45 - 14.15

Lunch break and Exhibition Viewing "Munch på papir"

14.15 - 15.45 Session 2: Print Transmission: Circulation and Collecting

Lidia Głuchowska, Assistant Professor, University of Zielona Góra Poland

“Graphic and Photography as Media of Stylistic and Iconographical Mediation. Przybyszewski and the Popularisation of Edvard Munch’s work in the International Artistic Revues in Central Europe”

Magne Bruteig, Munch Museum, Oslo

Munch and the First Media War

Nelson Blitz, New York

A Collector’s Perspective on Collecting
15.45 - 16.30 Commentary and discussion
16.30 Exhibition Viewing: Munch på papir
A reception at the University of Oslo will conclude the day

Download pdf version of the programme.


The registration for the conference is required. The fee of 150 NOK will be charged and it includes a ticket to the Munch Museum exhibition and lunch on the day of the conference. Please, follow this link to register.

Call for proposals (deadline has passed)

Proposals for this conference must include (in English)

  • an abstract of maximum 300 words summarizing your argument
  • a brief (one paragraph) academic resume, and
  • your full contact information.

Papers will be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by discussion.

This is the third conference sponsored and organized by the “Munch and Modernity” research network at the University of Oslo, the Munch Museum, and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo.



The “Munch and Modernity” research network at the University of Oslo, the Munch Museum, and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo
Tags: Munch, Nasjonalmuseet, IFIKK, Munchmuseet, printmaking, grafikk, Munch på papir
Published Mar. 22, 2013 11:08 AM - Last modified Nov. 21, 2013 10:30 AM