Edvard Munch, a contemporary of J. F. Willumsen, was among the first artists in history to take “selfies.” He pursued photography as an experimental medium, exploring the dynamics of layered imagery, unexpected areas of disunified or undefined form, and shadows that replace living bodies. This exhibition, containing around 60 photographs and movie fragments in dialogue with graphic works, calls attention to the ways in which such formal strategies in painting and graphic works informed his exploration of camera effects.
Like his paintings, prints and writings, his amateur photographs are often about the self-representation. In his self-images in all media, Munch assumed a range of personae. From the vulnerable patient at the clinic to the vital, naked artist on the beach, he disclosed something of his intimate experience as well as staging himself theatrically.