Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

Tate Modern: Exhibition · 28 June – 14 October 2012
Edvard Munch, New Snow in the Avenue, 1906. Photo: Photograph: Munch Museum/Munch-EllingsendGroup/DACS 2012
Adrian Searle (The Guardian) reviews Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye, an upcoming Tate retrospective of Munch's work: 'Even the paintings that are misconceived or a mess are fascinating records of a struggle. To be between greatness and inarticulacy, and to not care either way, takes a perverse sort of courage. At times Munch's paintings show great daring; at others, they become incoherent. Munch was extremely good at doing nasty. You could say he savoured it, and so do we: all those vampires and ruined relationships, horror, illness and death. His appetite for the sanguine is shared by most of us who watch thrillers and crime dramas and read murder stories. How Scandinavian of him, as Björk might sing.' [Read More]