7th June 2018, the six part documentary-series on Odd Nerdrum’s life and work was released on Vimeo where you can rent and buy individual episodes or the entire series.
Downloading the documentary is an option reserved for $10 patrons of The Cave of Apelles.
For about a year, Jan-Ove Tuv, Öde and Bork S. Nerdrum traveled the world to seek out Nerdrum’s former students and his sources of inspiration. They visited museums that made an early impact on Nerdrum, his former pupils, as well as the film director who inspired him to go to Iceland where he further developed his allegorical imagery.
Why did Nerdrum give up on social-realism and move his figures out in the desolated landscape and what drove him to reject the word “art” and call himself a “kitsch-painter?”
These and many other questions are explored as his son, Öde and his former pupil, Jan-Ove Tuv, go on a world tour in the master’s footsteps, resulting in the most comprehensive documentary on Odd Nerdrum that has ever been produced.
“Sometimes you have this notion or feeling that you recognize an influence, but suddenly you deeply understand exactly what the influence is. And that happened a lot during our journeys, where all the pieces came into place,” Öde told Juxtapoz magazine in January, and described the documentary in the following way: “It’s not a how to paint video, it is more about the realm of ideas.”
Jan-Ove Tuv — the lead character in the documentary — studied with Nerdrum from 1996 to 2002 and has often pointed out that his teacher avoids looking at painters from an historical point of view, trying instead to look at the paintings from a perspective that must withstand comparisons across time.
The film-series is available with english, spanish, chinese and norwegian subtitles.
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