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TOKYO

‘The 150th Anniversary: The Prints of Edvard Munch from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo’

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

by Jordan Sievers

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of symbolist painter Edvard Munch’s birth, this exhibition showcases 34 of the artist’s prints, mostly early works focusing on life, death and love — themes that he became particularly known for.

A Norwegian painter and printmaker, Munch’s works were often fraught with psychological themes based on 19th-century symbolism and German expressionism. Noteworthy works of this show include “The Sick Girl” (1894), “Madonna” (1895), “Harpye” (1899), “Alpha and Omega” (1908-09) and “Toward the Light” (1914).

Senior curator of prints and drawings at Munch Museum, Magne Bruteig, will also hold a lecture on Dec. 14 in both English and Japanese; Dec. 7-March 9.

The National Museum of Western Art; 7-7 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo. Ueno Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥420. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.nmwa.go.jp/en