Associated Fellows


The Nordic Institute of Art functions as a network of scholars and curators, covering most aspects of Scandinavian historical and modern art history through its collegium of Associate Fellows. In addition, the institute has Associates with expertise within other relevant fields, such as museology and technical conservation. The Associate Fellows work together or individually on various projects within the frame of the Institute.

Fridrik Bertelsen, Paintings’ Conservator

Fridrik Bertelsen is a paintings conservator and Director of Konserveringstjenester AS, an independent, state of the art conservation studio. He received his education from Metropolia University of Applied Science, Helsinki. Bertelsen worked for several years at the Conservation Department at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (2000–15). He also has experience from the Munch Museum, Oslo and Pro Artibus Foundation, an independent organisation affiliated with the Foundation for Swedish Culture in Finland.

Prof. emeritus Tomas Björk, Art Historian

Tomas Björk is a professor emeritus at the University of Stockholm. His research primarily concerns 19th century Swedish and Nordic art. He wrote his doctorate dissertation about the history painter August Malmström. In collaboration with Prins Eugens Waldermarsudde, Stockholm, he has curated several exhibitions. Björk has among other things written about Swedish Symbolist landscape painting and contributed to several surveys. His recent publications include Bilden av "Orienten" (2011) and Julius Kronberg: Måleriets triumfator (2016).

Prof. Dr. Kilian Heck, Art Historian

Kilian Heck is Professor of Art History at the Caspar David Friedrich Institute at the University of Greifswald. His research focuses on the relationship of art and science in the 19thcentury, German sepulchral sculpture and German court art of the 15th to 17th centuries, the political iconography of the early modern period and castle architecture of the 18thcentury. As part of his research on restitution and provenance, Kilian Heck deals with the history of the origin of paintings. Heck has published extensively on German Romanticism, and is a leading scholar on works of the landscape painter Carl Blechen. He is the academic head of the THEORIA project, where he himself researches the topos of the North in Romantic painting.

He is also President of the German Association of Art Historians.

Asher Miller, Art Historian

Asher Miller is a curator of nineteenth-century paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His recent projects include the exhibitions The Path of Nature: French Paintings from the Wheelock Whitney Collection, 1785–1850 (2013), Peder Balke: Painter of Northern Light (2017), and Delacroix (2018–19), organized in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre, Paris. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a doctorate from City University of New York.

Hilde Mørch, Art Historian

Hilde Mørch holds a post-graduate degree (mag. art.) in Art History from the University of Oslo and wrote her dissertation on the Norwegian Avantgarde in Paris in the 1920s. Her field of expertise is Scandinavian modernism and modernism's female pioneers. For the past years, she has also worked extensively with contemporary art.

She has held curatorial positions in several public and private institutions, such as Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Lillehammer Art Museum, and the National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture in Oslo. She has published widely on Norwegian modernism and contemporary art and runs Kunsthistorisk Prosjektsenter, a consultancy for art.

Dr. Martin Olin, Art Historian

Dr. Martin Olin is Associate Professor of art history and the Director of Research at the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. His research has focused on art and architecture in the late 17th century, in particular the works and drawings collection of Nicodemus Tessin the Younger, as well as on painting and historiography in Scandinavia during the 19th century. He has curated several exhibitions on art around 1900, such as Carl Larsson: Friends and Enemies (Nationalmuseum, 2013).
Olin served as deputy director of the Swedish Institute in Rome 2013–15. His current interests include Italian and French landscape painting in the classical tradition and Romantic genre painting.

Carl-Johan Olsson, Art Historian

Carl-Johan Olsson is a curator of 19th century Painting at the National Museum in Stockholm. Among his key areas are landscape painting of the 19th century, Scandinavian Romanticism and French and Scandinavian Naturalism. He has co-curated exhibitions such as, Anders Zorn: Sweden's Master Painter (2017) and Carl Larsson, l’imagier de la Suède (2014), both at the Petit Palais, Paris, and The Artist at the National Museum, Stockholm (2017).

Dr. Marit Paasche, Art Historian

Dr. Marit Paasche is an art historian and former head of research at the Norwegian Video Art Archive. She works as an art critic, curator and writer, based in Oslo. Her latest book, Hannah Ryggen: En fri, won the Norwegian Critic’s award for the best non-fiction book for 2016 and is about to be published in English by Thames and Hudson. She is also co-curating an upcoming exhibition on Hannah Ryggen at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt in 2019. Among other exhibitions she has curated are We are Living on Star at Henie Onstad Art Centre (2014), and The Human Pattern at Kunsthall Oslo (2011). Paasche has also been an author and editor of several books, among others Lives and Videotapes: The Inconsistent History of Norwegian Video Art (Feil forlag, 2014) and A Thousand Eyes: Media Technology, Law, and Aesthetics (Sternberg Press, 2011).

Christopher Riopelle, Art Historian

Christopher Riopelle is the Curator of Post 1800 Paintings at the National Gallery, London. He previously held curatorial positions at the Getty Museum, L.A., and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Riopelle has curated or co-curated National Gallery exhibitions on Ingres, landscape sketches, Renoir, Picasso, Richard Hamilton, Paul Durand-Ruel, Delacroix, Ed Ruscha, and Thomas Cole. Riopelle has a particular interest in Nordic art and has curated or co-curated Christen Købke: Danish Master of Light (2010); Forests, Rocks, Torrents: Norwegian and Swiss Landscapes from the Lunde Collection (2011); and Peder Balke 1804–1887 (2014). In addition, he has overseen the acquisition at the National Gallery of paintings by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, L.A. Ring, J.C. Dahl, and Balke.

Dr. Martin Royalton-Kisch, Art Historian

Dr. Martin Royalton-Kisch spent his career in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. He was responsible for the outstanding collections of Dutch, Flemish and French prints and drawings. He has written and lectured widely on European art by the old masters, and has organised and assisted with exhibitions on Bruegel, Rubens, Rembrandt,

Van Dyck, French drawings and on the history of collecting. As well as visiting collections of Dutch and Flemish art in the Nordic countries, he has considerable knowledge of the art of these countries as well. Dr. Royalton-Kisch's chief publications are his book on Adriaen van de Venne's Album (1988), Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (1992), Old Master Drawings from the Malcolm Collection (1996), and The Light of Nature: Landscape Drawings and Watercolours by Van Dyck and his Contemporaries (1999). He is currently compiling a complete catalogue raisonné of Rembrandt's known drawings.

Dr. Alison Smith, Art Historian

Dr. Alison Smith is Chief Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Prior to joining the NPG in November 2017 she was Lead Curator, 19th-Century British Art at Tate Britain, London. Dr. Smith is a specialist in nineteenth-century British art with a particular interest in its global connections. During her time at Tate she curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions in her specialist area, all accompanied by publications. These included Exposed: The Victorian Nude, Turner, Whistler, Monet, Symbolism in Poland and Britain, Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde and Artist and Empire. She is currently working on an exhibition on the artist Edward Burne-Jones which will open at Tate Britain in October 2018.