Saving the Scream
How bare would college walls be without Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”? But the original — well, one of the originals — is in dire straits.
Munch experimented with colors before he got the look he wanted, but the paints he used were new at the time and are not aging well. An “international coalition” studied the chemistry of the cadmium-sulfide-based colors and concluded … moisture is the issue.
The best-known Scream was stolen in 2004 (for the second time) and recovered in 2006. Today it’s hidden from the public, “preserved in a protected storage area in the Munch Museum.” Which kind of makes you wonder what’s the point of art if no one can see it….