Art Gallery of Alberta

Edvard Munch expert in Edmonton for exclusive AGA lecture

Edvard Munch expert in Edmonton for exclusive AGA lecture

Talk focuses on the Symbolist work of the renowned Norwegian artist behind ‘The Scream’

November 25, 2010

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is excited to present Mysterious Musings: Edward Munch and the Symbolist Print, a lecture by Georgetown University professor Elizabeth Prelinger on Wednesday, December 1 at 7 pm. This special event is presented in conjunction with the recently opened exhibition The Symbolist Muse: A Collection of Prints from the National Gallery of Canada. Tickets for the lecture are $15 / $10 for AGA Members, and are available at

Edvard Munch (December 12, 1863–January 23, 1944) was a Norwegian Symbolist painter and printmaker best known for the famous work The Scream (1893). Unlike the Impressionists, who depicted the appearances of the external world, Symbolists like Munch captured the mysteries of inner thoughts and emotions.

In this lecture, Prelinger will explore the ways in which Munch and his contemporaries experimented with graphic media in order to reveal what the imagination conjures rather than what the eye perceives. As demonstrated in the current AGA exhibition The Symbolist Muse: A Collection of Prints from the National Gallery of Canada, Munch, along with artists such as Odilon Redon, Paul Gauguin and Edvard Munch embraced printmaking as a means for conveying the subtle and nuanced ideas characteristic of the Symbolist aesthetic.

Elizabeth Prelinger is the Keyser Family Professor of Art History at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She specializes in late 19th and early 20th century art, in particular Romanticism, the Symbolist movement and the graphic arts. Her projects have included an exhibition and catalogue on the work of the German artist Käthe Kollwitz at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC in 1992, and a show of symbolist prints by Edvard Munch at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, in 1996. Professor Prelinger’s most recent work includes an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, accompanied by a book on Munch’s master prints (National Gallery of Art and Prestel Verlag, 2010).

The Symbolist Muse: A Collection of Prints from the National Gallery of Canada opened on November 20, 2010 and runs until March 13, 2011. The exhibition is presented as part of The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta with the support of Capital Powered Art; an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation. The Symbolist Muse comprises a collection of 19th century works exploring the inner vision and personal vocabulary of Symbolist artists including greats such as Paul Gauguin, Vassily Kandinsky, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso and Odilon Redon. As opposed to recording the exterior world, Symbolist art represents the mystery and surrealism of the inner mind.

The Munch Lecture: Elizabeth Prelinger
December 1, 7 pm
$15 / $10 AGA Members
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