Co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Munch Museum,
Exhibition Presents Munch’s 20th-Century Masterworks and Celebrated Symbolist Paintings of Love, Despair, Desire and Death


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
San Francisco, CA, USA
24 June – 9 October 2017

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announces the global debut of the exhibition Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed, on view June 24 through October 9, 2017. Featuring approximately 45 paintings produced between the 1880s and the 1940s, with seven on view in the United States for the first time, this exhibition uses the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s last significant self-portrait as a starting point to reassess his entire career.

Organized by SFMOMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Munch Museum, Oslo, Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed brings together Munch’s most profoundly human and technically daring compositions of love, despair, desire and death, as well as more than a dozen of his self-portraits to reveal a singular modern artist, one who is largely unknown to American audiences, and increasingly recognized as one of the foremost innovators of figurative painting in the 20th century.

“When you consider that Munch felt that he didn’t really hit his stride until his 50s and that his career doesn’t map against traditional paths of art history, then the latter part of his career warrants a closer look,” said Gary Garrels, Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA. “Munch’s influence can be felt in the work of many artists such as Georg Baselitz, Marlene Dumas, Katharina Grosse, Asger Jorn, Bridget Riley and particularly Jasper Johns, who became fascinated by the cross hatch patterns in Munch’s Self-Portrait. Between the Clock and the Bed.”

“Munch really presents an alternative to the traditional school-of-Paris-driven history of modernism that has long been dominant, but tells an incomplete account of the art of the past century,” added Caitlin Haskell, associate curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA.

Seven works in the exhibition make their United States debut including Lady in Black (1891), Puberty (1894), Jealousy (1907), Death Struggle (1915), Man with Bronchitis (1920), Self-Portrait with Hands in Pockets (1925–26) and Ashes (1925). The exhibition will also include an extraordinary presentation of Sick Mood at Sunset. Despair (1892), the earliest depiction and compositional genesis of The Scream, which is being shown outside of Europe for only the second time in its history.