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28 · 09 · 2018

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

Danish Cultural Institute invites you to the National Museum in Szczecin for an extremely colorful, rich and multidimensional exhibition of Danish painting on Bornholm The Art of Happy People. Painting on Bornholm in 19th and 20th centuries.


The exhibition will present nearly 100 works by Danish artists – the main figures of artistic colonies on Bornholm. The island undoubtedly attracted artists both by the richnessof 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…


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 centers in large metropolises and formed groups in new places that were favourable to paint in the open air and tempted with unconventional motives and intriguing nature.


The works come from the Bornholms Kunstmuseum collections – among them the works of such artists 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).


Curators: Lars Kærulf Møller, Dr Beata Małgorzata Wolska

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


Danish Cultural Institute is the project’s partner.


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

Opening: October 6th, 2018, 6.00 P.M.

The National Museum in Szczecin, 3 Wały Chrobrego St.

The exhibition will be open until March 17th, 2019


For more information, please visit the National Museum in Szczecin website: LINK



Olaf Rude, Aage Jacobæus in His Home in Rønne, 1928,

oil on canvas

Bornholm Kunstmuseum