Probably one of the most iconic pieces of artwork in history, one of the versions of “Der Schrei, der Natur” or “The Scream of Nature” (or more casually known in pop culture as “The Scream”) is being loaned to the Metropolitain Museum of Modern Art (MoMa).
“The Scream” was made by Norweigen painter and artist Edvard Munch. “The Scream” has been used in many advertisements, cartoons, films, and television programs to convey the feeling of desperation and fear.
This particular version of “The Scream” was sold at auction for nearly $120 million at Sotheby’s auction house in May. The previous record for amount of money spent at auction for a painting was on a Picasso piece entitled ” Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, which sold for $106 Million.
During the 1994 Winter Olympics, a version of this painting had been stolen from a Norwegian Museum. In fact it, other duplicates of the painting have been stolen on two other occasions from other museums around the world.
The MoMa in Manhattan, New York City is a Mecca for all that is modern art and is visited by millions of people. For the next six months while “The Scream ” calls the MoMa home, millions more are expected to pass through the halls in order to gaze upon this world renowned iconic piece of art.
This story is news because it fulfills a small niche in news reporting. The report caters to the Art world and the people who are interested in it. It’s not very often that multimillion dollar paintings are put on loan, shipped over the Atlantic, and displayed in one of the most iconic museums in American history. Although this report may not effect the entire world, there is a broad and diverse audience that would wish to be made aware when things like this happen. Also, many people upon learning that this painting is available to view in America, would probably be willing to just go see what all of the hubbub is about. Though it may seem that this information is trivial, it generates talk amongst people (art enthusiast or not) and also provides a pallet for particular advertisers to stroke their brushes upon their demographic audience (i.e. the art student/teacher).