October 23, 2012

Munch's 'The Scream' going on view in NYC

Edvard Munch created four versions of "The Scream" between 1893 and 1910. This is the only one in private hands.

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is presenting a special six-month exhibition of Edvard Munch's "The Scream," which sold for nearly $120 million at auction.

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One of four versions of Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream." This one is displayed at the Munch Museum in Oslo.

AP

The exhibition opens on Wednesday and will run through April 29. It will include a small group of works of the same period.

The painting is the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. It was purchased by an anonymous private collector at Sotheby's in May.

Munch created four versions of "The Scream" between 1893 and 1910. This is the only one in private hands. The others are in Norwegian museums.

The image of a man holding his head screaming under a streaked, blood-red sky has become a modern symbol of human anxiety.

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