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Arendal shows rare WWII paintings. The some 100-work collection in southern Norway is intended to give a seldom insight into art life during the Second World War. The exhibition takes place in the 75th year following Nazi Germany’s invasion and occupation of Norway and 70 year’s following the Scandinavian country’s liberation. It is the first that examines the artists' war experiences and how these experiences are reflected in their works. Many of the works displayed have never been exhibited publically before.

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Arendal shows rare WWII paintings

Published on Wednesday, 24th June, 2015 at 12:58 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari and Michael Sandelson   .

The some 100-work collection in southern Norway is intended to give a seldom insight into art life during the Second World War.

Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall in Arendal
Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall in Arendal
Photo: KEN/Wikimedia Commons


The exhibition takes place in the 75th year following Nazi Germany’s invasion and occupation of Norway and 70 year’s following the Scandinavian country’s liberation.

It is the first that examines the artists' war experiences and how these experiences are reflected in their works. Many of the works displayed have never been exhibited publically before.

Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall curator Kathryn Lund told NRK that this topic is still “very difficult, too close, and painful” for individuals and their families.

“I met people who have asked me not to focus on their relatives and what they did during the war during my work with preparing for this exhibition. However, we believe it’s easier to talk openly about how dramatic and difficult it was then, what with the war generation largely passed,” she commented.

Through their works, visitors will be able to encounter artists in everyday life, see their struggle in prison camps, in exile.

The public will also be able to see them when they were working for the occupying forces and Nasjonal Samlingen (NS), founded by then Minister of Defence Vidkun Quisling.

Ms Lund is particularly struck by one work entitled Israel’s People, created by Sweden-born Norwegian painter Henrik Sørensen (1882-1962).

Sørensen, who had also created works under WWI, was awarded the Swedish Prince Eugen Medal, conferred by the King of Sweden, in 1947.

“You can see the fear written on their faces. It’s a small painting, but with a fierce power of expression,” she said. “People weren’t aware of the Jews’ situation, but knew quite a bit.”

University of Oslo Professor Emeritus Hans Fredrik Dahl at the Department of Media and Communication writes about Henrik Sørensen in his 2007 book Quisling: A Study in Treachery (ISBN 9780521041157, Cambridge University Press).

“Many Norwegians […] and the painter Henrik Sørensen among them were actively engaged in private peace initiatives (involving the German legation).”

HM King Haakon VII had turned down the German legation in Norway’s demands to appoint Vidkun Quisling to the post of Prime Minister on 10th April 1940, and would not take a position on the issue without first consulting the government.

The one-page royal decree that HM and the Norwegian government signed became known as The King’s ‘no’ (Kongens nei).

Several of the paintings featured in Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall’s exhibition have been borrowed from private sources.

Director Harald Solberg feels that it has something to convey to people living in 2015.

“The visual qualities are one thing, but the cognitive ones are certainly another,” he told NRK. “Taking care of freedom of expression is more important than ever what with the current state of the world, and that’s one of the exhibition’s messages.”

“Krigsbilder: Kunst under okkupasjonen 1940-45” (“War Images: Art during the 1940-45 Occupation”) runs until 23rd August this year.

The exhibition’s opening hours are Thursdays-Sunday’s between 12 pm and 4 pm. Entry is free.



Published on Wednesday, 24th June, 2015 at 12:58 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: wwii, nazis, jews, art.





  
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