“The Norwegian Exhibition” of 1911 in Helsinki was curated by Jens Thiis, who at the time was Director of the National Gallery in Oslo. Of the 43 Norwegian artists, Edvard Munch was strongly represented with 15 paintings. The exhibition also contained works by other contemporary artists such as Henrik Lund, Harriet Backer, Signe Scheel, Henrik Sørensen, Arne Kavli and Nikolai Astrup. Thiis also gave a series of lectures on the development of Norwegian art.

The exhibition met with great enthusiasm in the Finnish press. Hufvudstadsbladet referred to the Norwegian art as refreshing, bold and autonomous – resulting in a striking exhibition. Astrup was one of several who received positive reviews in the press. 


Atenæum. Den norske utstilling. Helsingfors: Athenæum, 1911.