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Nordic Impressions Contemporary Art from Åland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden

2-23-2019 through 6-8-2019
(Clockwise, left to right): Olafur Eliasson, The Island Series, 1997; Outi Pieski, Crossing Paths, 2014; Torbjørn Rødland, Golden Tears, 2002; Tori Wrånes, Ancient Baby, 2017; Tal R, The Drawing Class, 2014; Pia Arke, Arctic Hysteria, 1996; Nathalie Djurberg, Birds, 2011; Eija-Liisa Ahtila, The Bridge, 2002/2015

SAT—February 23 THROUGH SAT—June 8, 2019

TUE-SAT—12–6 PM, free
12–7 PM, free

Video Schedule
12-1 PM: The Bridge, Eija-Liisa Ahtila
1-2 PM: Water Sketches, Rita Jokiranta
2-3 PM: Continuous Monuments (Interpassivities), Jesper Just
3-4 PM: The Legend of Ygg, Marthe Thorshaug
4-5 PM: Me and My Mother, Ragnar Kjartansson
5-6 PM: The Green Island in the Red Sea, Superflex
6-7 PM (Wed): The Bridge, Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Nordic Impressions: Contemporary Art from Åland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden opens at Scandinavia House on Saturday, February 23. This new exhibition brings together a wide array of artistic expressions—paintings, drawings, photographs, installations, films, and videos—that reflect the rich diversity and global character of Nordic art. Curated by Phillips Collection Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Academic Affairs Klaus Ottmann, the exhibition features works by internationally acclaimed artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter from Iceland; Israeli-born Danish painter Tal R, Danish artist collaborative SUPERFLEX, and artists Jesper Just and Per Kirkeby; Norwegian performance and video artist Tori Wrånes and photographer Torbjørn Rødland; Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila; Swedish painter Mamma Andersson and video and mixed-media artist Nathalie Djurberg; Sámi artists Outi Pieski and Britta Marakatt-Labba; Greenlandic painter, photographer, and writer Pia Aarke; and others.

Made across a spectrum of media from locations throughout the Nordic region, the works in the exhibition each offer a different artistic experience while being tied across themes that have held a special place in Nordic culture: both historic themes such as light and darkness, the coalescence of nature and folklore, women’s rights and social liberalism; and more current subjects such as climate change, sustainability, and immigration. Drawn from a larger survey at the Phillips Collection in the fall of 2018, this exhibition comes from the work of the multi-year Nordic Cultural Initiative, a collaboration between the Phillips Collection and the Washington, D.C.-based embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, launched in 2014 to promote the wealth of Nordic artistic talent.


Nordic Impressions will open on February 23. It will be accompanied by a range of programming, including related art workshops for children as well as a special opening day book launch with artist Tanya Toft Ag and an upcoming artist panel during Armory Week.

Presentation at Scandinavia House has been funded in part by the generous support of Trond S. Jensen, Henry P. Godfrey and Ginger Schnaper, The Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York, The Consulate General of Denmark in New York, The Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and Iceland Naturally, as well as the Bonnier Family Fund for Contemporary Art, the Estate of Birgitta Tyra Dill, the F. Donald Kenney Fund for Visual Arts, and the Kronquist Mesaros Memorial Endowment Fund.

Programming will be updated throughout the winter and spring; check back here for more details.


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