NIKOLAI ASTRUP. Out of the Shadows

The exhibition sheds light on how the darkness of night and the mystique of childhood were important sources of inspiration for Nikolai Astrup.

In the dim light of dusk and in the shadow of a blazing bonfire, nature awakens. Trees become trolls and mountains have faces.

In the course of his career Astrup’s art underwent a transition from dark, evocative scenes – often devoid of figures – to sun-drenched landscapes full of life and vegetation. After studying in Paris and Berlin his pictures become increasingly experimental and intense in colour.

Astrup settles with his wife and children in Sandalstrand and their new home becomes a central motif in his art. “Out of the Shadows” presents Astrup’s many shifting atmospheres and diverse depictions of human beings in close contact with nature.

About the Artist
Nikolai Astrup (1880–1928) has held a prominent position in Norwegian art history since he exhibited his work for the first time in the year of Norway’s independence, 1905. He is primarily known for his distinctive depictions of the lush nature and traditional way of life in Western Norway. Together with Edvard Munch he introduced the modern woodcut medium to Norway.

Astrup’s International Breakthrough
In 2016 Astrup was presented abroad, in a large-scale exhibition that toured London, Emden and Oslo. More than 130 000 visitors saw the touring exhibition. The works have now returned to KODE, where they are on long-term loan from the DNB Savings Bank Foundation. You can read more about Astrup’s international touring exhibition here

The Astrup Research Centre
The exhibition “Out of the Shadows” has been curated by the Nikolai Astrup Research Centre for Art and Landscape, a collaboration between KODE and the DNB Savings Bank Foundation.

Read more about the research centre and Nikolai Astrup at


  • 3 Mar 2017 to 12 Jan 2020
  • Kode 4
  • 130 / 60 / 0 *

* Adults: NOK 130, Students: NOK 60, Bergen Card: NOK 90, Free admission for children and KODE members. The ticket gives admission to all exhibitions at KODE for two days.