Artist Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is coming to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City this fall, according to The New York Times. The painting, which was purchased at auction last May for $120 million, will be available for viewing for approximately six months. If you’re a fan of the 1895 version of the painting, you may want to start planning your next vacation accordingly.
Four versions of the “The Scream”, which is considered by many to be modern symbol of human anxiety and stress, were created between 1893 and 1910. The version headed to the Museum of Modern Art is currently the only edition of the painting that is housed in a private collection; the other three are currently on-display at various Norwegian museums.
Museum director Glenn D. Lowry is understandably thrilled with the painting’s arrival at the museum. “This is an incredible opportunity for our visitors to see something that is otherwise hard to see,” he explained during a recent phone interview.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “The Scream” now has the distinction of being the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. Not surprisingly, security at the Museum of Modern Art will be extremely high during the painting’s scheduled appearance. Considering that versions of the masterpiece have been stolen twice since 1994, it’s not overly surprisingly that extra measures are being taken to ensure its safety.
The New York Times reports that thousands of people braved the security process when Sotheby’s put “The Scream” out for public display last May. Over the course of five days, close to 7,500 individuals stopped by to gawk at the iconic painting. However, when the painting made the trip all the way to New York City, viewings were restricted to clients only.
Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” will be available for viewing at the Museum of Modern Art between October 24 and April 29. If you’re going to be in the area at the time, be sure to stop in and have a look. It may be the last opportunity you’ll have to see the painting for a very long time.