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Time and Tendency

Halvdan Hafsten Collection

20. May 2019 - 04. Aug 2019

A collection of works by eight Norwegian painters from the interwar generation:

Arne Ekeland, Reidar Aulie, Harald Dal, Kai Fjell, Erling Enger, Ragnar Kraugerud, Alexander Schultz and Thorbjørn Lie-Jørgensen.

This exhibition is organised according to five themes that convey aspects of the period in which the selected artists lived and worked. During the interwar years, European currents such as French Cubism, Surrealism and German Expression influenced the way in which Norwegian artists used the formal means for artistic production. At the same time, landscape painting continued to have a strong position in Norwegian art history. Among other things, current events related to war, class differences and Christian dogma affected Norwegian artists, and several saw it as their duty to assist in instigating social change. Despite the difficulties of life in the 1930s, some of these works convey a dawning optimism through deploying an expansive and dynamic visual language.

The collection was bequeathed to the museum by the art collector Halvdan Hafsten in 1984. Altogether, it contains 208 paintings, drawings and watercolours.

Photo: Kai Fjell, Mor og barn, 1944. Terje Tveit / AmS