Art exhibition 2021

Theodor Kittelsen

Theodor Kittelsen's motifs of the lone wanderer in nature and the shadowy figure Pesta who spreads diseases from village to village—all relate to our present-day situation.

Theodor Kittelsen’s motifs of the lone wanderer in nature and the shadowy figure Pesta who spreads diseases from village to village—speak to our pandemic moment in uncanny ways.

For 2021’s main exhibition at the Cobalt Works Museum—Theodor Kittelsen: Echoes of Nature—a lesser-known aspect of Kittelsen’s art will be highlighted: Theodor Kittelsen as a landscape artist. The pandemic has shown us how important nature is and how we seek nature for tranquility and solitude. The exhibition will display both famous and lesser known works by the artist.

Kittelsen’s landscapes are poetic and beautiful, but also mystical and magical. Looking at his landscapes one has the feeling that an «invisible enemy» lies within. One may find trolls and other creatures as they emerge from the forest ground.

The Norwegian landscape—from south to north—has inspired Kittelsen’s art. He studied in both Paris and Munich, but it was at home in Norway—»in a large, fresh nature, quite alone»—where he began to explore his own personal expression. His motifs capture nature’s power and mystery through the shifting seasons.

Over the past 30 years, the Cobalt Works Museum has built one of Norway’s largest collections of artworks by Theodor Kittelsen.