Exhibitions

The Mirror of Nature. Nordic Landscape Painting 1840-1910

6 October 2007 - 24 February 2008

This exhibition shows over 100 landscape paintings painted by the most important Nordic painters in the time - such as Edvard Munch, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Carl Larsson, and Akseli Gallen-Kallela.

Edvard Munch, Moonlight, 1895, belongs to Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design in Oslo, Norway. © Munch-museet/Munch-Ellingsen Gruppen/billedkunst.dk

Edvard Munch, Moonlight, 1895, belongs to Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design in Oslo, Norway. © Munch-museet/Munch-Ellingsen Gruppen/billedkunst.dk

THEME GUIDE

Nordic Sublime

Close to nature

In the open air

Evocative landscape

Landscapes of the mind

From romantic wilderness to soul landscapes
The exhibition largely presents the chronological development in landscape painting from the magnificent and romantic wilderness of nature of the 1840s, through the more registering, realistic approach, to the more evocative, introverted and subjective soul landscapes of the turn of the century.

"What is in fact a landscape? How extensive does a portion of the earth’s surface have to be, and of what must it be composed, to be thus described? Does landscape actually exist, other than as an idea in the mind of the beholder and a product of our emotions?"
"What is it that creates the need to represent landscape in art, and what happens to it when it is depicted?"

Art historian, Torsten Gunnarsson.

Landscape Painting and the North
The landscape in art has a long history, but as an independent theme in Nordic art it only became significant around 1800 when nature and naturalness was ascribed greater importance.

For the Nordic countries landscape painting gained particular symbolic value as the countries searched for a national identity. At the same time, landscape painting in the North was also open to influences from the rest of Europe, and it developed in the tension between the national and international.

"Time and place, language, temperament, national and social identity, and the history of art, among several other factors, moderate the act of painting."
Art historian, Janne Gallen-Kallela-Sirén.

About the exhibition
The exhibitions is a collaboration between Statens Museum for Kunst og the Nordic national galleries in Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

About the exhibition
The exhibitions is a collaboration between Statens Museum for Kunst og the Nordic national galleries in Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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