Taking Off: Munch, Van Gogh in the Big Apple

  • Updated: November 10, 2012 - 2:11 PM

Munch's "The Scream," arguably one of the art world's most recognizable images, will go on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York beginning Oct. 24, 2012.

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If you're heading to New York, visit Edvard Munch's "The Scream" (1895) and Vincent van Gogh's "Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier)" (1888) and see the difference between art as fast food and art as an infinitely rewarding feast. The two masterpieces are some 20 blocks apart. Van Gogh's "Peasant," on loan from the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif., is at the Frick Collection through Jan. 20. Munch's "The Scream" recently made headlines -- and raised eyebrows -- when the pastel sold at Sotheby's to a private collector for a record-breaking $120 million. Also on loan, it will spend six months at the Museum of Modern Art, alongside a dozen works by Munch from MoMA's permanent collection, in an exhibit that runs through April 29. "Van Gogh's 'Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier)'" at the Frick Collection, 1-212-288-0700; beta.frick.org. "Edvard Munch: 'The Scream'" at the Museum of Modern Art, 1-212-708-9400; www.moma.org.

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