Special Exhibition

Edvard Munch, Hoved ved hoved, 1905. Privateje. Foto: Sidsel de Jong


@private collection, Norway

Munch and Goldstein. Ardent lines

Fuglsang Kunstmuseum 17 May – 1 September 2019

A unique Norwegian private collection of woodcuts by Edvard Munch is now presented at Fuglsang Kunstmuseum. The special exhibition Munch and Goldstein. Ardent lines tells the story of the lifelong friendship between the world-famous Norwegian artist and the largely forgotten poet Emanuel Goldstein from Lolland, Denmark. Munch and Goldstein became close friends while staying in the Paris suburb of Saint-Cloud in the winter of 1890, establishing a rare rapport with each other – both personally and artistically. Based on research conducted by Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, the project is the first ever to take a close look at the two artists’ friendship and mutual artistic inspiration.  

The exhibition juxtaposes Munch’s powerful, brightly coloured woodcuts with Goldstein’s fierce poems about erotic love. The coarsely carved images mesh with the ferocious, yet also heart-breaking tenor of the poems. Together, the works let the artists’ strong sensitivity to human emotions and relationships take on a striking, sensuous immediacy. Their art, poetry and excerpts from the artists’ letters to each other all revolve around aspects of the human condition that were central to both men.

The exhibition is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated catalogue partly in English. It is created in co-operation with Ribe Kunstmuseum, which will present the exhibition from 14 September to 8 December 2019.

Fuglsang Kunstmuseum is grateful to the following foundations for their support for the exhibition and the book accompanying it: the Augustinus Foundation, the C.L. David Foundation and Collection, The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Copenhagen, Friends of Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, the Municipality of Guldborgsund, the Knud Højgaard Foundation, Lolland-Falsters og Langelands Købstæders Brandsocietets Fond, the New Carlsberg Foundation, the Oticon Foundation, the Toyota Foundation, the Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Foundation.