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Munch’s The Scream

One of the most famous paintings in the world is the one Munch painted in 1893. There are several versions, one of them was stolen a couple of months ago. A basic question is of course why the person in the picture is screaming. The main theory is that the reason is anxiety (better known with the German word angst). But it seems that a closer look at the painting will reveal unknown details which can be seen in the unique picture taken by the minister of future science James Hartman. Surprisingly we find that the solid concrete of Arx is to be found in the background. Arx is one of the main attractions in Ladonia in normally people react positively when they look at the piece. But this is obviously not the case here. The person in Munch’s painting is screaming. Probably terrified when confronted with the strange aesthetics of Arx. This interpretation seems very convincing.

Photo: James Hartman

Lars Vilks

Lars Vilks was the artist behind Nimis and Arx, and the Founder and State Secretary of Ladonia. He also served as Editor Emeritus the Ladonia Herald.

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