Astrup on tour

In 2016 the art of Nikolai Astrup will be celebrated through a large exhibition that will travel to England, Germany and Oslo.

The exhibition Painting Norway: Nikolai Astrup (1880-1928) opens at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London on 4 February 2016 and marks the international launch of Nikolai Astrup. The exhibition will eventually travel to Kunsthalle Emden in Germany and then to Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo, before returning to Bergen in 2017.

‘The project will help write Astrup into international art history. He’s highly relevant and has a central place there’, says KODE’s director Karin Hindsbo, who looks forward to the international launch.

Large parts of the Astrup Collection which is administered by KODE will be included in the traveling exhibition. 29 November 2015 was therefore the last chance the public could see KODE’s permanent Astrup exhibition – at least for over a year. Concurrent with the traveling exhibition, however, KODE opens a new exhibition in Bergen on Friday, 22 January 2016. Here Astrup’s early works will be thematically addressed in a new way. Several of the featured pictures have never before been publically exhibited.

The DNB Savings Bank Foundation, owner of large parts of the Astrup Collection, is the initiator of Painting Norway: Nikolai Astrup (1880-1928). The show’s curators – the distinguished British art historians Frances Carey, Ian A.C. Dejardain and MaryAnne Stevens – see Nikolai Astrup as part of the European and international art scene and thus enable deeper understanding of his artistic practice.

Nikolai Astrup: Fugl på sten, 1913