Today was the day that we had planned to visit the Edvard Munch – The Dance of Life exhibition at the Didrichsen Museum here in Helsinki, it just so happened to also be the day that the snow melted away leaving a 20km ice rink style route.
Within 5 minutes of leaving the apartment I was on my arse sliding down a small hill just behind my bike and as you can see from the photo above it was quite a bad accident, one which I’m not sure I’ll ever fully recover from. The physical injury paled in comparison to how angry my lovely girlfriend was for the whole day, I think it’s safe to say that she’s not a fan of cycling on ice, luckily she’s as cute as a button when she’s mad so despite the fall, slow pace and frustrating riding conditions I had a wonderful time.
This was my third Munch exhibition and by far the smallest but there were some real treats on show including versions of some of my favourites: The Kiss, (a really, really great) Madonna, Vampire (with blurry face), Self Portrait with Skeleton Arm and The Sick Child. Many of the works have rarely been seen outside of their usual homes and there were a few which I have never seen before, even in books. Here are a few of the stand out pieces…
There was a very good 52 minute documentary about the artist showing which was one of the best I have seen. When it finished and I stood up I started to feel the damage my fall earlier in the day had done to my usually perfect posterior but it’s not all bad because it gives me a good reason to share this joke with you – “I think I need a new ass because this one has got a crack in it”.
Fans of Edvard Munch will no doubt have noticed the truly inspired title for this post, I think it is one of my best ever.