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August 15, 2013

Feel Like Screaming? Join Edvard Munch ... in High Def

The scream revSince the advent of high-definition broadcasts, Vermonters have been offered a regular diet of lavish productions in real time from New York's Metropolitan Opera, or La Scala in Milan. Then came documentaries, pop concerts and other specialty programs. And then: art exhibits from major museums around the world.

Middlebury's Town Hall Theater has gotten in on the acts by installing HD satellite technology, and in addition to opera broadcasts has already shown a Manet exhibit this year, in April. In October, a Vermeer show from London's National Gallery will arrive.

Today, in two screenings at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., it's Edvard Munch's turn.

The Norwegian artist (1863-1944) is most famous for his painting "The Scream," but he created a lot more than that. You can see 220 of his works in an exhibit cosponsored by Norway's National Museum and Munch Museum, filmed live today.

THT's publicity explains:

The series takes audiences behind-the-scenes to show some of the process of putting a mega-exhibition together, and as a special bonus the Munch broadcast will provide a tour of Norway to provide an in-depth biography of a man who lived from the mid-19th century through to the German occupation during the Second World War.  Norwegian and international art experts will take us deeper into the man and his work, including, of course, “The Scream.”

The Edvard Munch broadcasts are today, August 15, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. $10/$6 for students.

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