Nikolai Astrup: The Way Home, KODE Art Museums of Bergen

22.01.2016 to 22.01.2017

An artist should see nature as would a child, claimed Astrup. This Astrup exhibition focuses on the artist’s early works, looking closely at his development in the direction of naïvism. Several of the featured pictures had never before been publically exhibited.

Why did Nikolai Astrup use colour in such a special way? And how did his tendency to depict imaginative and mysterious details in landscapes arise? In 2016 KODE opened the exhibition «Nikolai Astrup – The Way Home» in Bergen, focusing on Astrup’s early works.

Astrup saved his childhood drawings in two large volumes. As an adult he used them as sources of inspiration for his art. The volumes will now be on show for the first time. Several of Astrup’s other sources of artistic inspiration, including works by J.C. Dahl and Harriet Backer, will also be shown alongside Astrup’s juvenilia and student works. After studying in Kristiania (Oslo) and Paris (1899–1902), Astrup declared himself a ‘naturalistic naïvist’. The exhibition traces the germ of this concept and shows how Astrup situated himself

Curator: Tove Kårstad Haugsbø

Nikolai Astrup