2016: A Great Year for Astrup

Over 140.000 have seen the exhibition that toured London, Oslo and Emden in 2016.

The Savings Bank Foundation DNB is the initiator and sponsor of the retrospective touring exhibition of Nikolai Astrup’s works, and curated by the prominent British art historians Frances Carey, Ian A.C. Dejardain and MaryAnne Stevens. The exhibition presents an impressive number of lesser-known works by Astrup, with generous loans from private collectors.

The catalogue that accompanies the exhibition is published in English, Norwegian, and German. It contains articles by the above-mentioned curators, as well as Tove Haugsbø, Kari Greve, John Myerscough and Eric Pearson. The catalogue will be on sale in all of the exhibition venues during the exhibition period, and can also be purchased in KODE’s museum shops and on various online shopping sites.

Dulwich Picture Gallery – Painting Norway: Nikolai Astrup 1880-1928
The exhibition opened at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London on 3 February, with an opening speech by Queen Sonja of Norway. The exhibition received brilliant reviews in the British press and had 50.000 visited.

These are magical landscapes in every sense. Do go see them” ★★★★ The Telegraph

Tolkienesque scenes of Midsummer magic” ★★★★ The Guardian

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter – Nikolai Astrup 1880-1928: Norske Landskap
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter was the next stop for the exhibition, and opened on 10 June. Here it was supplemented with new works by artists such as Book & Hedén, B. A. Huseby, Åsa Sonjasdotter and Martin Lundberg of Futurefarmers, which reflected on aspects of Astrup’s work that have relevance today. As many as 60.000 visited Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.

Art critic Lars Elton gave the exhibition a 6 of the dice in his review in VG.

Kunsthalle Emden – Nikolai Astrup: Norwegen. Eine Entdeckung
On 2 October the exhibition opened in Kunsthalle Emden in Germany. In conjunction with Kunsthall Emden’s 30the anniversary, the opening was celebrated with pomp and circumstance, among other things with a speech by the former German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder. The exhibition in Emden was open until 22.01.2017, and was the last exhibition venue for the exhibition.

Exhibition at KODE
Concurrently with the touring exhibition, in January KODE opened the exhibition Nikolai Astrup – The Way Home, curated by Senior Conservator Tove Haugsbø. The exhibition shed light on Astrup’s early works, and presented many that have never before been exhibited. The public could view important sources of inspiration for Astrup, in the form of paintings by Harriet Backer, Christian Krohg and Theodor Kittelsen, among others. Over 60.000 visited the exhibition at KODE.

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