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Munch 150


One scream is not enough to capture the pervasive anxiety of modern life — Edvard Munch created four versions of his famous “The Scream.” He later said, “You know my picture, ‘The Scream’? I was stretched to the limit — nature was screaming in my blood. … After that I gave up hope ever of being able to love again.”

A century later, the basic image — a tormented figure under a writhing sky, hands clasped to his (its?) pale, skull-like head, mouth gaping in a wail from the bottom of the soul — still resonates. Indeed, does any image better illustrate the existential dread, the spiritual estrangement, the dead-end loneliness of our modern condition? As if to underline that very truth, one of the “Scream” paintings recently sold for $120 million.

Of course there’s more to the Norwegian artist than one piercing, everlasting image. For this, the 150th anniversary of his birth, filmmakers have chronicled the assembly of a huge Munch retrospective, which delves into other aspects of his very important career. That film, Munch 150, will be shown in select theaters — Sam’s Town, Santa Fe Station, South Point, Village Square and Colonnade — as part of Fathom Events’ Great Art on Film series. 7:30 p.m., see for ticket prices and details.