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.