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Edvard Munch: A sneak-peek tweet guide

Posted September 21, 2012

Tweet Guide to Edvard Munch

WRAL TV producer Stephanie Beck was lucky enough to be one of 12 people tapped for a social media preview of the exhibit titled "Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print" at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The tour was led by curator John Coffey, who put the exhibit together through negotiations with the Museum of Modern Art. This tweet log is a combination of Coffey's insights and Beck's observations. Hopefully, they will bring even more understanding to your experience with the exhibit.

The museum is inviting visitors to use the hashtag #MunchPrints, which will be active until the exhibit closes in February. Follow Stephanie Beck on Twitter at ‏@sbeckwral.

Away we go! This promises to be awesome. #MunchPrints pic.twitter.com/yzwGcs8q

The #MunchPrints exhibition is the result of negotiations with MoMA.

"There is a lot of sex and death" in this exhibit... "very dark," "can't end on a positive note." – curator John Coffey to media tour group. #MunchPrints

John Coffey of @ncartmuseum showing the deathbed scene that influenced Munch in his entire life. #MunchPrints pic.twitter.com/wrTa7pfC

Edvard Munch was constantly recycling images that had roots in childhood in Norway, made them accessible to all. #MunchPrints

"German Expressionism as we know it would not be possible without Edvard Munch" John Coffey #MunchPrints

Uses a friend's obsession with a woman to explore his own fear of madness and insanity in Jealousy II. #MunchPrints

Physical love & its animal-like nature, confused Munch. This was era of Freud, as society tried to wrap minds around sex, human urges. #MunchPrints

Worth noting – in addition to Freud (sex) this is era of Bram Stoker (vampire) and Queen Victoria (social, sexual restraint). #MunchPrints

"After the Fall" an example of Munch's despair in human indulgence in the physical. #MunchPrints pic.twitter.com/xM8iRSoA

Read the quotes on the walls when you come. They will tell you a lot about his state of mind. #MunchPrints pic.twitter.com/L5nReb93

"The Kiss" looks so romantic but to Munch it was pure annihilation of self, subsumed in the embrace of woman. #MunchPrints

Many uses of the same woodblock, slightly altered in printing, completely alters message. #MunchPrints

What... you thought I wouldn't tweet the reddish-haired woman? #MunchPrints pic.twitter.com/YupBnmh6

Some of the works may not be as unsettling now as they would have in the late 1890s.#MunchPrints

It's called "Anxiety," but it could easily be a cell from "Twilight Zone." #MunchPrints pic.twitter.com/WR1gMTCW

Kinda like Kevin Smith said on NPR about "Bad News Bears" ... It's the first of a genre and that makes it more real. #MunchPrints

Munch explored eroticism as a death even at the moment of highest pleasure to remind us of our animal form and instincts. #MunchPrints

I’d send a pic of “Madonna” to illustrate that, but you should really see it for yourself. #MunchPrints

“Pretty has nothing on this” – John Coffey on the emotion depth of #MunchPrints and how one artist from Norway inspired so many.

All Coffey asked of exhibit designers ... Could they make things anxious and edgy? Let us know if they succeeded. #MunchPrints

A huge thank you to @ncartmuseum @nataliewbr and @caw_ for putting the media tour of #MunchPrints together! Exhibit opens Sunday.

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