Nikolai Astrup – Out of the Shadows, KODE Art Museums of Bergen
Nikolai Astrup had since his childhood an intimate relationship to nature and his surroundings. He was particularly fascinated by the various moods that one can experience in the same setting, but at various times of day and during the different seasons.
The exhibition examines the shifting atmospheres in Astrup’s art. The darkness of night and the mystery of childhood were important sources of inspiration for Astrup throughout his life. In the dim twilight and in the shadow of a blazing bonfire nature is brought to life. Trees become trolls. Mountains acquire faces.
When Astrup moved to Sandalstrand in 1913, his deepfelt relationship to nature gained a new dimension however. While nature is presented as mysterious and unfathomable in the nocturnal paintings from Ålhus, nature’s “life-giving force” is the theme of the sun-drenched landscapes and interiors from his home at Sandalstrand.
Curator: Kesia Eidesen
Cocurator: Line Daatland