Vik Muniz The Scream After Edvard Munch 2006

This Was Made After Edvard Munch: The Concept of Appropriation in Contemporary Art

This talk explored the concept of appropriation in contemporary art. Taking works from Clarion Hotel Oslo's permanent collection as examples, it engaged with issues of collective visual memory and materiality and examined the way art is produced and being looked at. The talk argued that by constantly reinventing Munch’s iconic art, works made after Munch are assuring his continuing relevance over time. In this way, it questioned the universality of masterpieces, especially in the framework of postcolonial critique.

Talk given during 'Munch 156,' at Clarion Hotel Oslo, in partnership with the Munch Museum

December 12, 2019.

Vik Muniz, The Scream After Edvard Munch, 2006, chromogenic print. © Vik Muniz / Clarion Hotel Oslo.