Nordic Art 1880 - 1920

July 13 2012

Press release

From 9 December 2012 to 5 May 2013, the Groninger Museum will present the exhibition entitled Nordic Art 1880 - 1920. This exhibition is a tribute to the peoples and cultures of the Nordic countries, and provides an overview of 19th and 20th-century North European painting. The splendid landscapes, portraits and scenes from everyday rural life display both the similarities and the differences between Nordic countries. The exhibition focuses on the time when movements such as Realism, Naturalism and more divergent styles such as Symbolism and upcoming Modernism existed side by side.

In North Europe, the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries formed a crucial era in artistic, cultural and intellectual development. The artworks created in that period represented those changing ambitions. Edvard Munch, Akseli Gallen-Kallela and August Strindberg are major examples in this context. With their lucid and striking works, they manage to capture the poetic beauty, the core and spirit of the mystical North. Although Nordic art has its roots in European culture, the artists could emphasize their own identity by depicting North European life.

Recently, increasing interest in Nordic art has brought about a rise in the number of exhibitions in Europe and the United States. The ambition of this project is to surpass this level by offering a complete overview of painting in this period. Particular attention is paid to the transitional period between Realism, Symbolism and Modernism. The socio-geographical angle of approach provides an alternative to standard European art.

The exhibition shows work by Vilhelm Hammershøi, Eero Järnefelt, Ernst Josephson, Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors, Carl Larsson, and P.S. Krøyer, among others. This is the first time that these works have been shown in the Netherlands in this constellation.

The exhibition Nordic Art 1880 - 1920 has been compiled by David Jackson, Professor of Russian and Scandinavian Art History at the University of Leeds.

With thanks to
The exhibition has been made possible by means of a financial contribution from the Stichting Fondsbeheer Culturele Relatie-evenementen Gasunie en Gasterra (Gasunie and Gasterra Fund for Cultural Relations Events).
Subsidizers: Municipality of Groningen, Province of Groningen,
Donor: the BankGiro Lottery.
Sponsor: SRC–Cultuurvakanties. AON, Arts & Humanities Research Council.
Mediapartner: Dagblad van het Noorden.

Note for the editor
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Hours of opening of the Groninger Museum
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00 – 17.00. Closed on Mondays.

Images: Nordic Art

Images: Nordic Art (.ZIP)