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Munch at the McNay: Two Spring Presentations
Featuring the Norwegian Modern Master
Rare Munch Work on Paper and Oils on Canvas Now on View at the First Modern Art Museum in Texas
San Antonio, TX (March 28, 2019) – This spring, the McNay Art Museum offers two opportunities to enjoy expressionist works by Edvard Munch. Best known for his iconic masterpiece, The Scream, it is rare to see multiple Munch works on view at the McNay. A striking work on paper can be found in the exhibition Van Gogh to Munch: Seduction and Anxiety in the Lawson Print Gallery,and three paintings are featured in the installation Love and Anguish: The World of Edvard Munch in the Halff Gallery.
Van Gogh to Munch traces the development of art focused on the inner world of the human mind; from Vincent van Gogh’s penetrating portrait of his last medical doctor to a claustrophobic brothel interior by Munch. The exhibition is organized for the McNay Art Museum by Lyle Williams, Curator of Prints and Drawings, and is on view until May 5, 2019. Lead funding is most generously provided by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions.
“The late nineteenth century was such a rich and complex period for art,” said Williams. “In a way it mirrors what is happening in our own time, with an amazing range of artistic styles and expression.”
Love and Anguish: The World of Edvard Munch is on view through November 17, 2019. The installation features three Munch works on canvas. Kneeling Female Nude and The Kiss are on loan from the Blaffer Foundation,and Girls on the Pier is on loan from the Kimbell Art Museum. The special installation also features complementary sculptures from the McNay’s collection.
“We do not have Munch paintings in the McNay collection, and are thrilled to have so many rare works on view for the community to enjoy,” said Heather Lammers, McNay Collections Manager and Curator.
About the McNay Art Museum
The McNay Art Museum engages a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts. Built in the 1920s by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay, the Spanish Colonial Revival residence became the site of Texas’s first museum of modern art when it opened in 1954. Today, more than 140,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The 23 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds include sculptures by Robert Indiana, Luis A. Jiménez Jr., George Rickey, Joel Shapiro, and Kiki Smith. The 45,000 square-foot Jane & Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions, designed by internationally renowned French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, features three significant exhibitions annually. For almost 65 years, the McNay has enchanted visitors with its art, architecture, and ambiance. The museum offers rich and varied exhibitions as well as rotating displays in the Main Collection Galleries from the 20,000 works in the collection; more than 45,000 adults, teachers, students, and families take advantage of a variety of education programs and innovative educational resources.
Rachel Trevino, Head of Communications and Marketing
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