Arrggh! Munch's The Scream Is Coming To London

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Arrggh! Munch's The Scream Is Coming To London

When you think of the most famous works of art, where does your mind travel? Mona Lisa? Starry Night? Or are you drawn to something darker? Say, Edvard Munch's The Scream.

If you can't get enough of the Munch masterpiece, then we've got news: it's coming to The British Museum. Well a rare lithograph of the piece is — there are actually a few versions of The Scream, but the painted ones tend to stay put in Norway (when they're not being stolen).

One of the revelations the exhibition focuses on, is that the titular scream isn't what you might think. It's not a depiction of the central figure screaming; the character is actually trying to block out the scream — or shriek — occurring around them. So you've been using that emoji all wrong 😱😱😱.

You might be wondering how a blockbuster exhibition can be sustained by focusing on just one piece. Well, it can't. Edvard Munch: Love and Angst studies the entirety of the artist's career, including his fascination with raw emotions and his disastrous relationships with women. Overall there are 83 pictures featured, of which 50 are prints from Oslo's Munch museum.

We reckon you might want to try and book ahead for this. Attempt to see it at the last minute and a combination of crowds and ticket scarcity will have your face contorting into something resembling Munch's infamous image.

Edvard Munch: Love and Angst runs from 11 April-21 July. Tickets cost £17 (but are £14 on Mondays) and British Museum members go free.

Last Updated 28 March 2019