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Exhibition by Norwegian Artist in Warnemünde, Germany

The Everlasting Influence of Edvard Munch is Apparent in Eilif Amundsen’s Paintings

August 17th, 2015
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An exhibition of paintings by highly acclaimed Norwegian artist, Eilif Amundsen, was opened on the August 15th at the Edvard Munch Haus in Warnemünde, northern Germany and. The paintings will be displayed at the venue until September 27th. The event, supported by the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin, is of utmost importance for the promotion of Norwegian culture, since the iconic Norwegian painter, Edvard Munch (1863-1944), spent a year and a half in Warnemünde, from May 1907 to October 1908.

The idea of organizing this exhibition first came about in a meeting between the Norwegian Deputy Director General at the at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kristine Hauer, and Petra Schmidt-Dreyblatt, artistic director of the Edvard Munch Haus. The discussions, which were held over a cup of coffee in Bonn, centered on the Munch House in Warnemünde and the Norwegian painter Eilif Amundsen from Bergen. "When he once had an exhibition, my parents bought a picture’’ revealed Kristine Hauerthe to Norddeutsche Neueste Nachrichten (NNN). She added that, following her parents’ acquisition, she bought herself some of Amundsen’s paintings as well, considering that the artist and his art were, at the time, quite underestimated.

Eilif Amundsen (1930-2007) belongs to the generation of Norwegian artists that were strongly influenced by Edvard Munch. He has become known for his figurative-abstract images, which are currently on display in museums in Bergen, Rasmus Meyer Art Amlingen, and Oslo, National Gallery and Samtidsmuseet. A particular characteristic of Amundsen is the accumulation of light and the specific atmosphere he creates in his paintings. His clean style is governed by soft nuances of gray-white and gray-blue. However, every so often he uses stronger color contrasts. Kristine Hauer commented that the exhibition of Amundsen’s paintings is particularly positive, as they perfectly match the concept behind the Munch-House.

"We are very grateful that we have this exhibition" said Petra Schmidt-Dreyblatt, to NNN. The Edvard Munch House opened its doors to the exhibition on August 15th. The paintings can be seen until September 27th, from 12 to 17 p.m. Admission is free, although donations are welcome.

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