Munch and Van Gogh

A director has plans for an ambitious film about the life of Edvard Munch and Vincent van Gogh. Both painters stood at the cradle of modern art and left their mark on the way that we think about beauty and artistry. They achieved immortality through their work, yet were vilified during their lifetimes. It was very difficult for these artists to find their place in society and both fell prey to despair. In turn, the film director ties himself in knots trying to create his masterpiece. Huge amounts of money are needed, ideally from private investors. But what price will he ultimately have to pay?

Fascinated by the way an artist ‘breathes’ his surroundings, Ulrike Quade examines the parallels in the life and work of Edvard Munch (1863-1944) and Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). They were contemporaries who were both equally shaped, and stifled, by their deeply religious surroundings. Using the biographies of these two important painters as a starting point, The Painter explores the place of artists within society, and on the margins of it – both in the past, as well as today.

The Painter has been created to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch. The performance is an artistic collaboration with Jo Strømgren, with whom the successful performance The Writer was created in 2009, a work based on the life and work of the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun.

The Painter is a coproduction with Jo Strømgren Kompani, Oslo (NO), the Nordland Visual Theatre, Stamsund (NO) and the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater (DE).


Concept: Ulrike Quade, Jo Strømgren and Marc Becker
Direction: Jo Strømgren
Text: Marc Becker
Performers: Cat Smits en Ulrike Quade of Meike van den Akker
Dolls: Maria Landgraf, Ulrike Quade
Assistant Director: Sara Serrano
Costume design: Jacqueline Steijlen
Sound design: Lars Årdal
Lighting design: Jo Strømgren
Technical staff: Niels Runderkamp, Jan Sol

Production: Jo Strømgren Kompani (NO), Ulrike Quade Company (NL), Nordland Visual Theatre (NO).

Coproduction with: Jo Strømgren Kompani Oslo (NO), Nordland Visual Theatre Stamsund (NO) en Oldenburgisches Staatstheater Oldenburg (DE)
Together with: Riksteatret Oslo (NO).

Supported by: Norsk kulturråd, Fonds Podiumkunsten (FPK), Gemeente Amsterdam.


Exeunt Magazine

Regina Papachlimitzou
“Munch & Van Gogh: The Scream of The Sunflower at Tobacco Factory: with unmistakable class and aplomb, Ulrike Quade Company delivers another astonishing work of high-calibre puppetry.”