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Moses Myers House

323 E. Freemason St.
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

By Appointment
Tuesday-Thursday

10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

About the Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
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While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

Weddings & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

Take a tour

We offer a number of tours on different topics. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

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Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Studio Assistantship Program

Further your career and join us in Norfolk.
Find out more

Give the Chrysler Experience

Share everything you love about the Chrysler Museum with a gift membership. Perfect for everyone on your list.

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
Learn about planned giving

Moses Myers House

323 E. Freemason St.
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

By Appointment
Tuesday-Thursday

10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

About the Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

Weddings & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

Take a tour

We offer a number of tours on different topics. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

Get Directions

Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Studio Assistantship Program

Further your career and join us in Norfolk.
Find out more

Give the Chrysler Experience

Share everything you love about the Chrysler Museum with a gift membership. Perfect for everyone on your list.

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
Learn about planned giving

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Edvard Munch
and the Cycle of Life

On View

February 28, 2020 — May 17, 2020

Located in

Special Exhibition Gallery

Edvard Munch’s The Frieze of Life is the point of departure for this first-ever exhibition dedicated to Edvard Munch at the Chrysler Museum. The autobiographical cycle of paintings captures how pain and healing are a part of life for Munch, who suffered an unusual amount of early trauma and vulnerability.

Edvard Munch and the Cycle of Life: Prints from the National Gallery of Art will explore how Munch actively and theatrically created his artistic persona around his experiences. It will also highlight Munch’s intense engagement with bohemian circles and the art world in Paris and Berlin.

 

Edvard Munch (Norwegian, 1863–1944)
Geschrei (The Scream), 1895
Lithograph
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Rosenwald Collection, 1943

Edvard Munc's Geschrei (The Scream), 1895
Tragedy struck Munch’s family repeatedly in his early years.  He suffered an accidental shooting in an episode that eerily parallel’s Vincent van Gogh’s attempted suicide, in which he severely injured his hand during a lover’s quarrel.  Berlin and Paris offered an escape from the sites of his traumas and failures as did his remote villa in Norway.

In 1908, Munch suffered a psychological collapse.  He sought dramatic treatment from Dr. Jacobsen, a physician who became a trusted friend, and even submitted himself to electroshock therapy.  He then repeated the explorations and themes of The Frieze of Life in Alpha and Omega, an even more extreme cycle of 1908 lithographs directly tied to his therapy.

Alpha and Omega is rarely studied or considered in exhibitions, perhaps because of the difficulty of the subject matter. Rooted in his own trauma, the project is told as a story with biblical themes and connections to classical myths of his childhood and education.  Munch used these stories to understand his experiences.

His prints, like his life, include trauma and reveal their vulnerabilities in an effort to heal and avoid hiding behind illusions.

 

Edvard Munch (Norwegian 1863–1944)
The Urn, 1896
Lithograph in black on Japan paper
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Gift of the Epstein Family Collection, 2010

Edvard Munch - The Urn, 1896
More special exhibitions

On view right now

Through January 19, 2020

Thomas Jefferson, Architect:
Palladian Models, Democratic Principles, and the Conflict of Ideals
Exhibition Details

The Architecture of Slavery I Cannot
Through March 1, 2020

The Architecture of Slavery
Exhibition Details

From the Collection