Edward Munch, Dog´s Head by a Red Tree, 1930´s

Per Maning, Leo 1984

In this autumn's exhibition, photographer and video artist Per Maning has been invited to present a new production especially made for showing in the Munch Museum. Maning focuses on the male role and the artist's role in our time. The video installation The Pain takes its starting point as a small porcelain figurine depicting a boxer. Its expression plays on both fragility and strength. Maning arouses a wealth of feelings and moods. The expression is developed further in a series of still images of the boxer, linked to moving full figure portraits of four living Norwegian male artists, the poet Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen, the author Thorvald Steen, the painter Olav Christopher Jenssen and the theatre director Ole Anders Tandberg. They are all close friends of Maning's. The background for the portraits is Maning's studio wall at Ekely, the artists' colony only a stone's throw from Munch's old winter studio. The cumbersome inheritance from Norway's world-famous painter is thus reflected in these works. The pun in the subtitle of the project, Between the Clock and the Wall refers to Munch's famous work Between the Clock and the Bed  from 1940-42. The tension between Munch's reflection on the male and his creative artistic force and Maning's modern deliberation will be thought-provoking. In addition, the exhibition presents a number of paintings, pastels and drawings by Munch in which he interprets his own dogs. This is material which has seldom been shown, and the images are often characterized by portrait-like qualities. Maning's photographs of the dog Leo, which laid the foundation for his international reputation as an artist in the 1980s, combined with Munch's paintings of his dogs, also convey something about human nature.

From the brochure - The Munch Museum 2006

Munch & Maning Between the Clock and the Wall

13.October 2006 - 7.January 2007