Exhibition

Edvard Munch

Between the Clock and the Bed

June 24–October 9, 2017

Floor 4

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A master by the age of 30, Edvard Munch (1863–1944) was among the most celebrated and controversial artists of his generation. But, as he confessed in 1939, his true breakthrough came very late in life. Featuring 44 landmark compositions about art, love, mortality, and the ravages of time, Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed uses the artist’s last significant self-portrait as a starting point to reassess a lifetime of painting. Together, these profoundly human and technically daring artworks reveal Munch as a tireless innovator and an artist as revolutionary in his maturity as he was in his breakthrough years.


Exhibition Preview

Edvard Munch, Self-Portrait: Between the Clock and the Bed, 1940–43; oil on canvas; 58 7/8 x 47 7/16 in. (149.5 x 120.5 cm); photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo

Edvard Munch, Sick Mood at Sunset: Despair, 1892; Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm

Edvard Munch, Moonlight, 1893; photo: courtesy the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo

Edvard Munch, At the Deathbed, 1895; photo: courtesy KODE Art Museums of Bergen

Edvard Munch, Self-Portrait with Cigarette, 1895; photo: courtesy the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, Oslo

Edvard Munch, Eye in Eye, 1899-1900; photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo

Edvard Munch, The Artist and His Model, 1919–21; photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo

Edvard Munch, Ashes, 1925; photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo

Edvard Munch, The Dance of Life, 1925; photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo


Exhibition Catalogue

Featuring over 40 masterworks from throughout the painter’s career, this is an intimate, provocative study of an enigmatic artist and his remarkable legacy.
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Audio Tour

This tour guides you through the ways in which the controversial nineteenth-century painter explored the most primal aspects of human experience: love, despair, desire, and death.
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Organized by SFMOMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Munch Museum, Oslo, this exhibition includes treasured paintings from the artist’s own collection, six of them never before exhibited in the United States.

Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Munch Museum, Oslo.

The Presenting Corporate Sponsor is Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

Charles Schwab & Co.

Major support is provided by The Bernard Osher Foundation.

The Bernard Osher Foundation

Generous support is provided by Jim Breyer, Adam and Katherine Clammer, Jacqueline Evans, Linda and Jon Gruber, Franklin and Catherine Johnson, Christine and Pierre Lamond, Diana Nelson and John Atwater, and Shannon and Dennis Wong. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Additional support is provided by the Norwegian-American Cultural Foundation.

Header image: Edvard Munch, Self-Portrait. Between the Clock and the Bed, 1940–43; photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo