Painting of man with blue face

Harald Giersing, Self-portrait, 1926 Photo: Prallan Allsten/Moderna Museet

The Man with the Blue Face

On the expressionist quest of early modernism

15.5 2021 – 30.1 2022


”The Man with the Blue Face” features Moderna Museet’s rich collection and presents seminal artists who contributed to the dynamic regeneration of art in the first decades of the 20th century. This exhibition includes key works by Edvard Munch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Helene Schjerfbeck, Vera Nilsson, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Tora Vega Holmström and many others.

The featured artists all share an experimental approach to the potential of colour, lines and composition to express different moods, emotions and existential thoughts. Naturalistic depiction did no longer feel sufficient; instead, artists wanted to explore the inner dimensions of the mind and reach for a deeper experience of reality.

Curator: Joa Ljungberg

The exhibition is in the Left Gallery

Map of Moderna Museet Malmö
Map of Moderna Museet Malmö


Painting with two females sitting close to each other
Sigrid Hjertén, The brunette and the blond, 1911 Photo: Sundsvalls museum Bildupphovsrätt 2021
Portrait of woman
Helene Schjerfbeck, Self-portrait with palette, 1937 Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet
Skulptur av manshuvud
Ninnan Santesson, Monsieur Iffa, 1917 © Ninnan Santesson/Image copyright 2021 Photo: Juan El Sánchez Bildupphovsrätt 2021
Landscape with road, houses and mountains
Karin Parrow, Långedrag, 1937 © Karin Parrow/Image copyright 2021 Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet Bildupphovsrätt 2021

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