Fredonia Opera House to screen Edvard Munch

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will screen a unique high definition “captured live” art exhibition event titled Munch 150 on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Throughout 2013, all of Norway will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863-1944), one of the towering figures of modern art. Munch 150, an exhibition co-hosted by Norway’s National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo, already is being hailed as a “once-in-a-lifetime show.” Global interest in the artist is huge – in part, as a result of one of his four The Scream paintings having recently set a public art auction record of $120 million.

Captured live in high definition, this cinematic presentation is part of a global revolution bringing the world’s greatest art exhibitions to cinemas and performing arts centers around the world. Hosted by Art Historian Tim Marlow and with expert guests, the presentation doesn’t just cover the exhibition’s paintings. Important questions also are asked and answered …

What lies behind the exhibition creatively and technically? What does this particular collection of paintings and objects reveal about the artist or the particular historical period? What do we learn about the presenting institution?

Munch 150 is the most ambitious presentation of Munch’s art ever. With 220 paintings, it will display the greatest number of his key works ever assembled. Most know Munch as the man who painted The Scream; but his complete works are remarkable and secure his place as one of the greatest artists to have ever lived.

The presentation goes behind-the-scenes to show some of the process of putting the exhibition together. It also takes viewers throughout Norway to provide an in-depth biography of a man who lived from the mid-19th century right through the German occupation of Norway in the Second World War. Norwegian and international guests offer their expert insight and knowledge on a superb exhibition. The presentation also reveals exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of the exhibition preparation moments usually hidden from view.

This presentation is part of the Exhibition Series of events, which will also feature a similar documentary on Johannes Vermeer in October. Support for the series is provided by Dr. James M. and Marcia Merrins.

Tickets to Munch 150 are $15 ($10 students) and are available in advance by calling or visiting the Box Office at 679-1891 Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. or online anytime at www.fredopera.org.

Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.