'Nordic Impressions' at The Phillips Collection

Photo by phillipscollection.org
Evening Interior, Harriet Backer 1890
Evening Interior, Harriet Backer 1890

Opening October 12, 2018 at The Phillips Collection is art from Ă…land, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, 1821–2018.  Nordic Impressions will be on view through January 13, 2019.

 

The exhibition celebrates the incredible artistic diversity of Nordic art, from idealized paintings of the distinctive Nordic light and untouched landscape to melancholic portraits in quiet interiors and mesmerizing video works that explore the human condition. While the question of what constitutes a distinctively Nordic art has been a constant debate, the art in the exhibition retains a certain mystique and focus on themes that have held a special place in Nordic culture for centuries: light and darkness, inner life and exterior space, the coalescence of nature and folklore, and women’s rights and social liberalism. 

Nordic Impressions demonstrates how Nordic artists have inspired each other across national boundaries while honoring deeply rooted cultural traditions.

 

The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.

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