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Exhibition

Edvard Munch

Between the Clock and the Bed

June 24–October 9, 2017

Floor 4

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

A painting of a man standing between a clock and a bed
Artwork image, Munch, Sick Mood at Sunset: Despair
Artwork image, ​Edvard Munch, Måneskinn (Moonlight)
Artwork image, ​Edvard Munch, Ved dødssengen (At the Deathbed)
Artwork image, Edvard Munch, Selvportrett med sigarett (Self-Portrait with Cigarette)
Painting of a man and woman standing under a tree with a field and house in the background
Artwork image, Kunstneren og hans modell (The Artist and His Model)
Artwork image, Munch, Ashes
Artwork image, ​Edvard Munch, Livets dans (The Dance of Life)

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


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