Books and films

Do you want to learn more about Edvard Munch's life and art?

Every year several publications about Edvard Munch and his art are published. Here follows an introduction to the latest publications within litterature, films and music.

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Munch | Steffen Kverneland | No Comprendo Press, 2013

No Comprendo Press

Steffen Kverneland's Munch is a graphic biography which presents Edvard Munch's life and work through extended use of excerpts from Munch's own writings and descriptions by his contemporaries. His utilization of the comic book format is exceptional, and with this work Kverneland elevates the genre to a new level.
The book has been translated into German, French, Korean, Polish, Dutch and Danish. In 2013 it won the Brage Prize for Non-Fiction, the Ministry of Culture's prize for best comic book and the Pondus Prize.

A beautiful day | René van Blerk | Rubinstein Publishing, 2015

A beautiful dayThis childrens book is published in connection with the exhibition Van Gogh+Munch at the Munch Museum and the Van Gogh Museum in 2015. In the book the two artists, Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch, meet in a dream. They’ve brought their painting equipment with them and go to the beach together. There’s so much to see! What should they paint?
The book is illustraded by Erik Kriek, and is published in collaboration with the Munch Museum and the Van Gogh Museum.

Edvard Munch, artes-bok 18 | William Ritter | Pax Forlag, 2015

Pax Forlag

In 1905 there was an exhibition of Edvard Munch's works in one of Prague's galleries. It shocked the European public. The art connoisseur, critic and cosmopolitan William Ritter was also provoked by it. He wrote an incensed, yet also deeply fascinated "review" of Munch's pictures. The following year Ritter's virtuoso text was published in the book Etudes d'Art étranger. Ritter discusses the pictures, as he becomes aware of "all that is hideous in our time". At the same time he maintains that "the daub-painting, cold Norwegian" is a genius.
Afterword by Professor of art history Øivind Storm Bjerke. Editor of illustrations by Research Librarian Lasse Jacobsen of the Munch Museum.

Edvard Munch i Moss | Hans-Martin Frydenberg Flaatten | Sem & Stenersen, 2014

Sem & Stenersen

The book sheds light on a central, yet little known period in Edvard Munch's art and career. By this time Munch had become established as a successful artist both in Norway and abroad. He led a very active life in the city of Moss, with frequent guests from abroad: art collectors, artists and museum representatives. The publication also focus on Munch's everyday life in Moss and provides an interesting overview of the major works from the period 1913–1916.

Skrik. Historien om et bilde | Poul Erik Tøjner og Bjarne Riiser Gundersen | Forlaget Press, 2013


Since Edvard Munch painted the first version of Scream in 1893, inspired by a walk on Ekebergåsen, a hill overlooking the Oslo harbour, the picture has become a modern icon – one of a handful of artworks that is intuitively recognised by a broad public all over the world. As a work of art it encompasses many stories: the story about its creation, its place in Munch's artistic production, its owners, its exhibition history, its role in a suspenseful crime story, its widespread influence, and its part in a commercial success story – to name a few. The book collects all of these various threads and introduces the diverse elements of Munch's painting to a broad public.

Edvard Munch. Fotografier | Cecilie Tyri Holt | Forlaget Press, 2013

Cecilie Tyri Holt

Edvard Munch's entire photographic production is collected in this book, not only those photographs that have served as prototypes for paintings. All of Munch's photographs are presented between two book covers, in their original size and as independent works.

Meet Edvard Munch | Hilde Dybvik, Lasse Jacobsen, Ellen Lerberg, Lill Heidi Opsahl, Sivert Thue og Hilde Ødegaard | Skira Kids, 2013

Meet Edvard MunchThe book, which was published in connection with the 150th anniversary exhibition in the Munch Museum and the National Museum, presents Edvard Munch's artistry in a simple language, aimed at a young public. The six stories provide an overall picture of his artistic career, and a number of Munch's paintings are reproduced. A timeline underscores important years in the artist's life, and a glossary at the end of the book explains words and terms.

Edvard Munch – Works on Paper | Magne Bruteig og Ute Kuhlemann Falck (Eds.) | Mercatorfonds and Munch Museum, 2013

Edvard Munch - Works on PaperIn the course of his career Edvard Munch created approximately 850 different prints and 8 000 drawings and watercolours. The publication provides a general introduction to Munch's lifelong commitment to art on paper; it encompasses well-known works as well as childhood drawings, sketches, curiosa and lesser known treasures. Articles by recognised Norwegian and international Munch scholars. The book can be warmly recommended to those who are not well acquainted with Munch. For those who think they know Munch, it is invaluable.

Edvard Munch. Et utsatt liv | Stian Grøgaard | Akademika Forlag, 2013

Akademika Forlag

The book combines a practical and aesthetic-philosophical perspective on Munch's major paintings. It follows his artistic career chronologically and dates the three fundamental transitions in Edvard Munch's working methods. The reader is presented with the factors behind the various processes in Munch's oeuvre. The processes replace one another like stages in a vulnerable life, and this life required concepts that described the logical transitions between three forms of painterly practice. Largely built on concepts, this book is a "philosophical biography".

Edvard Munch – Close-up of a Genius | Rolf E. Stenersen | Sem & Stenersen, 2012

Edvard Munch - Close-up of a GeniusFirst published in 1944, the book is considered a classic among biographies. This new, illustrated edition adds a whole new dimension to the text. Art historian and writer Hans-Martin Frydenberg Flaatten is photo editor of the book. He has also written captions to accompany the illustrated artworks as well as an extensive introduction. The captions provide new and supplementary information about the background for Munch's motifs, as well as about the various persons and situations that are depicted.

Van Gogh+Munch | Maite van Dijk, Magne Bruteig and Leo Jansen (Ed.) | Mercatorfonds, Van Gogh Museum and Munch Museum, 2015

Van Gogh-MunchEdvard Munch has been menioned in the same breath as Vincent van Gogh for more than a century. These two pioneering artists, who were contemporaries but nevner met, are known for their emotionally charged work, innovative style and fascinating, turbulent lives. Not only do their artistic ideals and personal convictions display surprising parallels, but Munch also considered Van Gogh a guiding example.

This richly illustrated book is the first in-depth study of the striking similarities between these two artists.

Melgaard+Munch | Lars Toft-Eriksen (Ed.) | Hatje Cantz and Munch Museum, 2015


What is the critical relevance of Edvard Munch (1863–1944) to contemporary society? In pursuit of an answer to this question, the publication places Munch's oeuvre in dialogue with works by the Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard (b.1967), whose art often gives rise to critical debates.The catalogue is published in connection with the exhibition Melgaard+Munch – The End of It All Has Already Happened. Interview with Bjarne Melgaard and articles by Patricia G. Berman, David Lomas, Øystein Sjåstad and Lars Toft-Eriksen. Graphic design by Snøhetta.


Let The Scream be Heard | Director: Dheeraj Akolkar | Producer: Nordic Stories, 2013 | DVD 2015

Let the Scream be heardLet the Scream be heard is an international documentary film and an artistic exploration of the universal and timeless quality of Edvard Munch's oeuvre – an artistic career that extends over 62 years and more than 40.000 works. The film was made in connection with Edvard Munch's 150th jubilee.
Among the persons interviewed in the film are: Marina Abramovic, Patricia Berman, Jay Clarke, Magne Furuholmen, Tracey Emin, Mai Britt Guleng, Jon-Ove Steihaug, Liv Ullmann and Gerd Woll.