The Painter on Tour
Munch and Van Gogh – the Scream of the Sunflower.
A co-production between Jo Strømgren Kompani, Ulrike Quade, Nordland Visual Theatre, and Oldenburgisches Staatstheater.
In a popular television show historical persons come to life. Stalin and Shostakovich were previously candidates. In this episode the contemporaries Munch and Van Gogh are confronted with the present. This is after all the year when Munch was born 150 years ago and the Van Gogh Museum has existed 40 years. That means a lot of commercial importance. However, the artists refuse to conform to the rules of the game.
Van Gogh: I often think: you can stick your Sunflower-print, made-in-China ballpoint pen right up your ass.
Munch: Cheers Vincent. I like you.
As contemporaries, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and Edvard Munch (1863-1944) stood at the cradle of modern art. THE PAINTER demonstrates the stark contrast between the overblown, star-like status of the artists today and the petit-bourgeois criticism of their time. The performance is not only about commitment, the absurdity of social and economic conditions and perseverance, but also about disregarding obstacles and the need to express your innermost scream.
THE PAINTER has been created on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Edvard Munch’s birth in 2013. Ulrike Quade and Jo Strømgren Kompani have previously collaborated on THE WRITER (2009), the successful performance about the controversial author and Nobel Prize winner, Knut Hamsun.