Nikolai Astrup in 2021

Learn about the exciting plans for the Norwegian painter Nikolai Astrup, including an international tour!

Nikolai Astrup (1880-1928) is one of Norway’s most renowned and beloved artists, and is well represented in KODEs collection. 

He distinguished himself as a painter and printer and is above all known for his wild and lush landscapes and depictions of traditional life in Vestlandet (west Norway). Like J.C. Dahl nearly one hundred years earlier, Astrup helped shape the way we view Vestlandet and, in fact, the whole country. Read more about the artist and view a timeline here.

New research made available online

The Nikolai Astrup Research Centre is a part of KODE, and last year, the centre launched an important project. 

The Nikolai Astrup Online Catalogue Raisonné (2016–2022) seeks to present an authentic and chronological overview of the artist’s paintings, and also includes a complete overview of Astrup’s printing blocks.

The project has carried out a comprehensive accumulation and digitising of source materials, such as bibliography, exhibition history, and a register of persons and institutions that are relevant for the oeuvre.

These comprise the major resources of the catalogue raisonné and form the basis for further research on other aspects of Astrup’s artistic career, such as prints, drawings, textile works and photography. The project is fully financed by the Savings Bank Foundation DNB.

You can visit the new website and explore the online catalogue here!

New exhibitions and international tour

The Nikolai Astrup-exhibition which is usually on permanent display at KODE 4, is currently unavailable. 

The works are being prepared to go on an international tour, starting in Boston, USA this summer. The exhibition «Nikolai Astrup. Visions of Norway» will open at The Clark in June.

Later in 2021, the works will return to Bergen and KODE in a new exhibition, before travelling to Sweden and Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde in Stockholm early 2022.

Stay tuned for more news about the upcoming exhibitions!