Edvard Munch at the British Museum

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A lithograph of Edvard Munch’s The Scream will be a highlight of the British Museum’s show A lithograph of Edvard Munch’s The Scream will be a highlight of the British Museum’s showCOURTESY BRITISH MUSEUM

Why?
It may be the most appropriate exhibition for our very angsty age. This April the British Museum will hold a large-scale show of work by Edvard Munch, focusing on his prints and including a rare black-and-white version of The Scream — one of only two (I think) iconic artworks to have the honour of a recognisable homage emoji (homaji?). Yes, every time you send that horror-face in reply to an agonised text from someone who has just accidentally sexted their Auntie Barbara, you quote from the work that made Norway’s most anguished artist famous.

The exhibition will display 83 artworks, including an unprecedented bulk loan of 50 prints from the Munch Museum in Oslo, alongside other loans from around the UK and Europe and important…

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