Peder Balke: From Vardøhus Fortress, (1860's). The Gundersen Collection

Peder Balke: The Gundersen Collection


In 2020 the Nordic Institute of Art will publish a new book on works of Peder Balke in the Gundersen Collection. Peder Balke (1804–1887) is one of the most outstanding artists of Northern European Romanticism. While he during his own lifetime was despised and later marginalized by standard art history, Balke has recently been internationally recognized as one of the true geniuses of his period.


The Gundersen Collection is built up through several decades by collector Pål Gundersen. In addition to being among the finest private collections of Edvard Munch’s prints as well as of Norwegian folk art, it also contains more than 40 paintings by Peder Balke. It is thus the largest collection of the artist’s oeuvre in the world and provides unique insight into Balke’s artistic development. Author and Chief Editor of the book will be Dr. Knut Ljøgodt.

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Edward Burne-Jones: Love and the Pilgrim, 1896–97. © Tate

Edward Burne-Jones: The Pre-Raphaelites and the North


We are pleased to announce Edward Burne-Jones: The Pre-Raphaelites and the North– the first monographic show on the artist ever in Scandinavia – which will be shown at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm fall 2019 and KODE – Art Museums and Composers Homes, Bergen spring 2020; organised by NIA – Nordic Institute of Art and the two museums, in collaboration with Tate Britain.


Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833–1898) is one of the key figures of British art in the latter half of the 19th century; being one of the leading artists of the Pre-Raphaelite movement as well as a pioneer of European Symbolism. Together with designer and social reformer William Morris, he was also a prominent member of the Arts & Crafts movement and a forerunner of modern design. Though Burne-Jones is recognised as a leading British and European artist, this will be the first monographic exhibition on the artist in Scandinavia, introducing him to a new audience. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue will also explore Burne-Jones’ impact on Scandinavian art and design.


Edward Burne-Jones: The Pre-Raphaelites and the North will consist of some 50 works, most of which are being lent by Tate Britain, with other works coming from other museums and private collections in UK and Europe. The exhibition has been initiated by Dr Alison Smith (former Lead Curator Tate Britain, today Chief Curator National Portrait Gallery, as well as an Associate Fellow of NIA) and Dr Knut Ljøgodt (Director NIA). They will also act as the exhibition’s curators, together with Dr Karin Sidén (Waldemarsudde) and Collections Director Line Daatland (KODE). 


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Eva Bull Holte: Fra Paris, (ca. 1950). Eva Bull Holtes museum, Åmotsdal Telemark

Eva Bull Holte


Nordic Institute of Art in collaboration with Eva Bull Holtes Memorial Fund will in 2019 organise a project to revitalise the Norwegian artist Eva Bull Holte.


Eva Bull Holte (1922–1993) was foremost a painter, but she also worked with drawings, prints and ceramics. In her own time, Bull Holte was a well-recognised artist, represented in several museums and private collections.

She studied at The Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry in Oslo 1940–44, The Academy of Fine Art, Oslo 1947–50 and École des Beaux-Arts, Paris 1951–55. 


Her early works show influence from the Norwegian Matisse school and later on French early-modernism inspired by Paul Cézanne's geometrical shapes. In the 1960s she developed a more distinctive style of her own, as can be seen in her landscape paintings: large colour fields, on the border of abstraction.


Despite recognition in her own time, she is today marginalised by standard art history. Traditionally female artist has often struggled to break through and is often marginalised in posterity. In the later years, there has been a tendency to bring forward women artists from the late-modernist generation through exhibitions and publications. It is in this perspective we should regard Eva Bull Holte and her place in Norwegian art history.




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