Chief Curator Jon-Ove Steihaug
What kind of connection could appear between Edvard Munch´s The scream and the fossil Ida? Or between his lithographic series Alpha and Omega and a tableau of stuffed animals? Such more or less probable links between Munch's art and natural history are the starting point for this exhibition, staged at the Munch Museum and the Natural History Museum. It will also have an offshoot at the Stenersen Museum where works by a group of contemporary artists will be exhibited at the end of August.
Through Nature places Edvard Munch’s art in a context with natural history objects and artefacts from Munch’s day and the present. The title of the exhibition is taken from Munch’s poetic words in connection to his motif The Scream, where he spoke of hearing “…a huge, unending scream course through nature”. The exhibition has come about through close cooperation with the Munch Museum’s neighbour the Natural History Museum, which generously lent objects from its paleontological, geological, zoological and botanical collections. The exhibition also features a “Munch Path” in the Botanical Garden.