The Art of Happy People. Painting on Bornholm in the 19th and 20th Centuries
The National Museum in Szczecin
Wały Chrobrego 3 | Wały Chrobrego 3

Since the 1970s, Denmark occupies top positions – often the first one – of the World Happiness Report. The Danes are famous for their ability to achieve this state, as well as for design. Remembering this, the exhibition, firstly, presented how the Danes understand happiness in the socio-cultural background (from the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, to the 1970s), which influenced the formation of Danish self-awareness. Secondly, a reflection was made on the role of Danish art in the 19th and 20th centuries in this context.

Money, success and fame are rarely the Danes’ basic goals. If one can point to something that is really important to them, it is the ability to find the work-life balance. In a word: hygge – being together with loved ones in a pleasant atmosphere, with a sense of community and mutual trust, in a cosy environment. Hygge is a phenomenon based on the following factors: the climate of Denmark, the small size of the state, the tradition of domestic life, the concept of welfare state and social equality.

In the second half of the 19th century, artistic colonies began to flourish. The term refers to groups of artists who met in a chosen place and worked for a common purpose, guided by a similar understanding of art. This does not mean that they shared their common artistic manifesto. Among the works one comes across various stylistic solutions. Colonies of artists created in Denmark, just like in other European countries, flourished due to the popularity of direct study of nature in the second half of the 19th century. The painters fled from main cultural centres in large metropolises and formed groups in new places that favoured painting in the open air and tempted with unconventional motives and intriguing nature.

This is the context in which the colony on Bornholm should be considered. The island undoubtedly attracted artists both by the richness of nature and its "wildness". As a result, we find similar motives and themes in the works of art – they are often representations of nature (in various weather conditions), local architecture, local community...

The exhibition will present nearly 100 works by Danish artists from the Bornholms Kunstmuseum collection. Among them, there will be a selection of works by artists such as Kristian Zahrtmann (1843-1917); Richard Mortensen (1910-1993, sometimes called Danish Wassily Kandinsky); Edvard Weie (1879-1943); Olaf Rude (1886-1957); Oluf Høst (1884-1966) or Niels Lergaard (1893-1982).

The exhibition will be accompanied by a Polish-Danish-English illustrated catalogue The Art of Happy People. Painting in Bornholm in 19th and 20th Centuries including the Curators’ essays and descriptions of all the works presented at the exhibition. 

 

 

 

The Art of Happy People. Painting on Bornholm in the 19th and 20th Centuries

The National Museum in Szczecin, 3 Wały Chrobrego St.

exhibition opening: October 6th 2018, 6.00 P.M.

exhibition available until: March 17th 2019

curators: Lars Kærulf Møller, Dr. Beata Małgorzata Wolska

organizers: The National Museum in Szczecin in cooperation with Bornholms Kunstmuseum 

partner: Danish Cultural Institute, Trust – koszulki.info.pl

honorary patronage: Honorary Patronage of The Marshal of West-Pomeranian Viovodeship Olgierd Geblewicz, Honorary Patronage of The Ambasador of The Kingdom of  Denmark Ole Egberg Mikkelsen

financial patronage: Szczecińska Energetyka Cieplna, The Society of Friends of The National Museum in Szczecin

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