On the 18th of January, the exhibition “After the Flood” with new paintings by Odd Nerdrum opens to the public at Patrick Painter Gallery in Los Angeles. Including a selection of works from the last decade, the exhibition reveals that Nerdrum has sharpened his vision of man’s rebirth in the desolated landscaped. In his own words, he calls the motifs “hopelessly positive”.
– The fantastic thing about surviving something is the reawakening and the use of one’s head once again.
The actor Kristoffer Hivju, a good friend of Nerdrum, will attend the opening of the exhibition together with his wife Gry Molvær Hivju.
– When Odd comes to Hollywood, it is a meeting between the world’s greatest kitsch master and the world’s kitsch capital, says Kristoffer Hivju.
The gallerist, Patrick Painter, is known for his ability to acquire upcoming big names before the great museums.
– I have never shown a painter to which we had such a positive reaction from every single artist in the gallery as with Odd. While we’ve represented a number of extremely important artists, we have never had that kind of response.
The exhibition lasts until the 18th of February.
Selected works will be displayed at the Los Angeles Art Fair.
Nerdrum debuted in the United States in the early 1980s and has since exhibited regularly at American galleries. His paintings can be found in collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, San Diego Museum of Art and The De Young Museum in California.
Do you want to know how the mind of the greatest classical painter of our time works?Do you wonder what “classical values” actually are?And why melancholy is actually that important to us? Odd Nerdrum and his former student Jan-Ove Tuv sit down for a conversation in the building which is the Nerdrum Museum in the making: The old Pipe House at Agnes Square outside of Stavern.With a philosophical approach to painting, the discussion will move beyond the strokes and attempt to explain the meaning of painting. Join a one hour conversation about: • The importance of Rembrandt’s melancholy• Why storytelling is so important to us• Why “modern” values are destructive for classical painters and the audience. The event will take place September 14th at 17:00 – 18:00. Tickets are now available.
At the annual Autumn Exhibition in Oslo, visitors will soon be able to see Odd Nerdrum’s recent painting entitled “Redemption”, showing a monumental scene of a father rejoicing with his son. The exhibition is Norway’s largest marking of contemporary paintings, sculptures and nonsense, and was held for the first time in 1882 as a radical protest against the established bourgeois dominance in the Christiania Art Society. The exhibition will be on view from the 9th of September through the 15th of October 2023.
11th August is the date set for the opening of Odd Nerdrum’s solo exhibition at the Uljazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCCA) in Warsaw. The exhibition is titled Painter of the North and features many recent paintings. The UCCCA writes in their press release statement that: “Odd Nerdrum has become one of the most accomplished Norwegian painters since Edvard Munch. A defining moment in his early years was seeing Rembrandt’s painting The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis in the National Museum of Fine Arts in Stockholm.” Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art. Photo: Filip Kwiatkowski – In Nerdrum’s paintings, Mankind is situated in an abysmal, mythological world beyond what we usually associate with ‘history’, time and space, says Jon Eirik Lundberg, who is curating the exhibition. He calls Nerdrum’s imagery “a completely new world and a language of signs and symbols,” imitating myths and tales. – But this is not some earlier version of mankind; these people are us, Nerdrum’s contemporaries, only stripped of our modern outfits. Time is absent. They are inhibiting ‘an eternal present’. Not post-apocalyptical, not after some global destruction, but rather as we live today in our essence, Lund continues. The exhibition will be on view from 11th August through 10th of December 2023.