Nolde and the North
16.10.2021 — 23.1.2022

Emil Nolde: Two on the Beach (Detail), 1903, Nolde Stiftung Seebüll, Fotocredit: Fotowerkstatt Elke Walford, Hamburg, und Dirk Dunkelberg, Berlin, Fotobesitz: Nolde Stiftung Seebüll © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll
Exhibition view: Nolde and the North, Photo: Henning Rogge
Exhibition view: Nolde and the North, Photo: Henning Rogge

Nolde and the North

16.10.2021 — 23.1.2022

2G access plan as of October 15, 2021

Please note that the 2G access plan will apply at the Bucerius Kunst Forum for exhibition and event operations from October 15, 2021. Proof of full Corona vaccination or recovery will then be required for admission. Children under the age of 12 are excluded.

For the time being, children and adolescents under the age of 16 can also participate in all 2G offerings without proof of testing, vaccination or recovery. Children under the age of 7 are furthermore not required to wear a medical mask. We recommend wearing an FFP2 mask. Children under the age of 7 are not required to wear a medical mask.

The exhibition

Emil Nolde is one of the best known and, due to his later National Socialist convictions, one of the most controversial artists of classical modernism. The exhibition, mounted by Bucerius Kunst Forum in cooperation with the Nolde Stiftung Seebüll, examines the artist’s early work for the first time in relation to nordic art. Around 80 of the artist’s works, most of them produced between 1900 and 1902, are juxtaposed with paintings by his Nordic contemporaries, including Georg Nicolai Achen, Anna Ancher, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Viggo Johansen, Peter Ilsted, Peder Severin Krøyer, Laurits Andersen Ring and Jens Ferdinand Willumsen.

In 1900 Nolde visited the World Exhibition in Paris and was deeply impressed by the Scandinavian art shown there. In the same year he decided to travel to Copenhagen, rented a studio and devoted himself to study Danish painting. Motifs and approaches typical of Nordic painting inspired Nolde's own unconventional compositions. One of his key themes at the time was the world of fantasy, and the artist looked to both literary sources and Nordic oral legends for his subjects. The Scandinavian influence can also be felt in his interior scenes and atmospheric landscape paintings. Thus, Nolde's time in Denmark contributed significantly to the development of his art.

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Exhibition from 15.6.2024
daily 11:00 am — 7:00 pm
thursday 11:00 am — 9:00 pm

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Regular: 12 Euro
Reduced: 6 Euro
Tuesdays (except holidays): 6 Euro


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More about the exhibition

Curator's Talk
Kathrin Baumstark, director of the Bucerius Kunst Forum, talks with Stefan Koldehoff, journalist, author and editor of Deutschlandfunk, about the exhibition Nolde and the North.

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Curator's Talk
Kathrin Baumstark, Director of the Bucerius Kunst Forum, talks with Manfred Lahnstein, politician, manager, and longtime Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the ZEIT Foundation.

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Fairy tale hour in the exhibition
Come with us on a fairy tale journey and experience the colorful world of Emil Nolde in a story told by Birte Bernstein.

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Nolde and the North
Exhibition Catalog

Publisher Bucerius Kunst Forum and Nolde Stiftung Seebüll
Articles by Astrid Becker, Sören Groß, Annika Landmann, Magdalena M. Moeller
Description ca. 220 pages with color illustrations of the exhibited works
Publishing house Hirmer Verlag, Munich
Price in the exhibition 29,90 Euro

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