The Museum turned 260 years old this week! ✨🏛🎂 @liverigna has captured the shadows in the Great Court wonderfully in this photo. #DYK the Great Court is the largest covered square in Europe, and is bigger than a football (soccer) pitch!
This week we’re celebrating our 260th birthday! 🎉🏛🎂 Here’s a brilliant shot of the Museum by @lavidadeedupe. Did you know the Museum is the oldest national public museum in the world, and has always been free to visit for ‘all studious and curious persons’. There are more fantastic facts and figures from the last two and half centuries in our blog post – link in bio. Tag our location to be featured! #regram#repost#BritishMuseum#London#birthday#anniversary
It’s our 260th birthday! 🎂🎉🏛 The Museum first opened its doors #onthisday in 1759, free to all ‘curious and studious persons’. We’ve welcomed 350,404,179 visitors over the last two and a half centuries – that’s more than the population of the USA!
With their bold lines and vivid colours, Edvard Munch’s innovative prints established his reputation as an artist, and his work went on to influence generations of printmakers.
This colour lithograph is titled ‘Madonna’. It caused outrage when it was published in the 1890s – Munch gave the erotically charged image a border of swimming sperm, with a foetus in the bottom left corner.
Munch lived a radical life, attracted to artists, writers and philosophers who pushed the boundaries – find out more about his remarkable life via the link in our bio.
‘For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art. Without this anxiety and illness I would have been like a ship without a rudder’ – Edvard Munch.
This self-portrait was made by Munch in 1895, and includes the morbid detail of a skeleton arm framing the bottom of the image. His mother and sister both died when he was still a child, and from a young age he was preoccupied with death and suffering. These strong emotions were expressed through his art – escalating from love to loss and tenderness to jealousy.
We’re lifting the veil on the man behind ‘The Scream’ in our upcoming spring exhibition – find out more via the link in our bio.
😱’The Scream’ is an iconic image that has been haunting viewers for over 120 years.
We’re excited to announce it’s coming to the Museum later this year for our #MunchExhibition! The show will reveal more about the artist behind the world-famous artwork.
From his strict upbringing in Norway to his travels around the bohemian centres of Europe, the exhibition will follow Munch’s journeys and the people and places he encountered. It will be the biggest show of Munch prints in the UK for nearly 50 years, focusing on his dynamic and innovative printmaking.
Edvard Munch: love and angst opens 11 April 2019 – book tickets via the #linkinbio.
🌨️In December 1836 a huge snowstorm swept Britain.
Roads were left impassable and the snow caused problems up and down the country. Mail services were badly affected – at the time coaches and horses were still used to transport post from city to city, as shown in these prints. Despite the treacherous conditions, drivers and horses battled on – these images show the Birmingham mail, the Liverpool mail, the Louth mail and the Devonport mail.
These prints are from the series ‘Scenes during the Snow Storm. December 1836’ made by printmaker George Bryant Campion.