Anniversaries of Two Scandinavian giants
100 years ago the Swedish author August Strindberg died. Still considered one of the most important authors in Sweden, he was also a playwright and artist. During four decades he was a dominating figure in the literary Sweden. Always provocative and involved in numerous conflicts he was very productive and pioneering within several genres. He was also an innovator of the Swedish language.
During 2012 the anniversary is celebrated throughout Sweden, with performances of his plays, exhibitions of his art and reading of his books.
150 years ago Edvard Munch was born in Eastern Norway and he is often referred to as Norway’s most famous artist. His use of psychological themes in paintings greatly influenced Symbolism and German Expressionism in the 20th century. While not always loved by the Norwegians in his lifetime, he went on to be well appreciated after his death in 1944. His most praised and famous painting is the Scream, of which there are four versions. Recently, one of them was sold for almost $ 120 million and one of the Scream versions can today be enjoyed in the Munch Museum in Oslo, and another one at the National Gallery.
In 2013, the anniversary of his birth will be greatly celebrated all over Norway including two special exhibitions at the Munch Museum, gala dinners, performances and much more.