HØST IN BERLIN: Towards an international breakthrough?

31 March 2023

Special exhibition in the villa

April 1st — October 21st, 2023

“HØST IN BERLIN — towards an international breakthrough?” attempts to recreate the iconic exhibition “Neuere Dänische Malerei”, which appeared at the Nationalgalerie in Berlin, 1932. This exhibition saw Danish arts represented internationally by Oluf Høst (1884-1966) and his contemporaries, such as Vilhelm Lundstrøm (1893-1950), Harald Giersing (1881-1927), Kræsten Iversen (1886-1955) and Jens Søndergaard (1895-1957).

In 2023, several of the same paintings exhibited in Berlin in 1932 will be reunited at the Oluf Høst Museum. This new curation will provide a contemporary look at the importance of international exposure for Høst and his colleagues.

Through the lens of art history, Høst is often considered to be “outside” any particular school or current. By juxtaposing the works of Høst with the artistic expressions of his contemporaries, we will attempt to examine and possibly challenge this notion. Is it possible to identify a common style of Danish art in the 1930s? This is a question which the exhibition and its associated publication will seek to answer.

“HØST IN BERLIN” also marks the 25th anniversary of Oluf Høst Museum. The exhibited works have been kindly lent to us by a handful of Danish museums.

The exhibition and publication have been generously supported by: the Aage and Johanne Louis-Hansen Foundation, the Augustinus Foundation, the Knud Højgaard Foundation, the Otto Bruun Foundation, and the William Demant Foundation.