The Scream Is Back at MoMA

Carol Vogel has the news that the recently purchase version of The Scream will go on view at MoMA in New York for six months beginning October 24th and continuing through until April 2013:

The New York financier Leon Black is said to have been the buyer of the pastel at Sotheby’s, but nobody — including Mr. Black himself, officials at Sotheby’s or Mr. Lowry — would confirm that he was the one lending the painting to MoMA.

Mr. Black is a member of MoMA’s board, however (as well as of the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art). He is also one of this country’s foremost collectors, having amassed a world-class art collection that includes paintings by Manet, Cézanne and Degas; drawings by Raphael, Daumier and van Gogh; and sculptures by Brancusi, Gauguin and Degas.

Mr. Black, the chief executive of Apollo Global Management, is said to have developed a passion for art after studying it at Dartmouth College in the early 1970s. He has told friends that he considers “The Scream” particularly important because it is a precursor of 20th-century Expressionism.

The pastel will be on view at MoMA through April 29, hanging in the first gallery on the museum’s fifth floor, along with several prints that Munch made around the same time. “Over the years we have really built up our Munch holdings,” Mr. Lowry said. “But the main focus of the exhibition will be the pastel.”

Scream’ to Go On View at MoMA (NYTimes)