While the Musée d'Orsay is devoting a vast exhibition to him from September 20 to January 23, 2023, the Galerie Poggi is organizing in its space in the Marais an exceptional dialogue between two rare paintings by Edvard Munch (one from 1903 and one from 1923), never exhibited in France, and a collection of painted and engraved works by his compatriot Anna-Eva Bergman.
These are two giants of Norwegian art that the Poggi Gallery is bringing into dialogue for the first time, at a time when the Musée d'Orsay is devoting a major exhibition to Edvard Munch until January 2023, and the Musée d'Art Moderne in the City of Paris is preparing the Anna-Eva Bergman retrospective for spring 2023.
From the angle of the landscape, the two painters meet and each express a mystical and cosmological relationship to nature. If Edvard Munch's personality and work are obviously marked by his depressive disorders, his existential anxiety attacks and his neurotic relationships with the society of his time, a completely different aspect of his character is revealed through his relationship to nature, which he will depict as much as human nature.
Particularly rare on the international art market, and even more so in France, two landscape paintings by Edvard Munch from a private Norwegian collection will be exhibited for the first time in France, and offered for sale.
In comparison, the Hartung-Bergman Foundation has chosen a set of several canvases and woodcuts by Anna-Eva Bergman testifying to the same mystical vocation, leading Thomas Schlesser to wonder if Bergman's abstract aesthetics was not , basically, a transfiguration of Munch's work.
This historical dialogue crowns the investment that the gallery has made over the last ten years in Bergman's work, and more generally the interest that Jérôme Poggi has for “Nordic” art. In 2012, he published for the first time in French a collection of writings by Edvard Munch at the Presses du Réel. As part of the exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay, he will give a conference there with Thomas Schlesser on the writings of Munch and Bergman.
From 17 September to 6 November 2022
2 Rue Beaubourg, Paris 4th.
- Edvard Munch, Knorrige Baumstämme im Schnee (Rugged Trunks in Snow), 1923,
Oil on canvas, 73 92 cm x
- Edvard Munch, To gutter på stranden (Two boys on the beach), 1911
To learn more, visit the Poggi Gallery website.