In 2013, all of Norway celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863–1944), one of the towering figures of Modern art. The National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo, cohosted the exhibition Munch 150 (June–October 2013). Featuring 220 paintings, it brought together the greatest number of Munch's key works ever on view in one exhibition, and was rightfully hailed as a “once-in-a-lifetime show.”

Global interest was huge—not least as a result of one of Munch's four paintings of The Scream having recently set a public art auction record of $120 million. Many 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 ever to have lived.

This film goes behind the scenes to show some of the process of putting the exhibition together, and provides an in-depth biography of a man who lived from the mid-19th century right through the German occupation of Norway in World War II. Host Tim Marlow interviews a number of special guests who offer their expert insight and knowledge on Munch’s life and work. 


Running Time
90 minutes