Sampo Kaikkonen

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Now we will throw these mediocre kitschmongers into slavery, and teach them to venerate the German spirit and to worship the German God.

— Arnold Schönberg, 1914

Overcoming the Germanification of Europe

A student of mine met an old art collector at an art fair. They exchanged a few words and the collector agreed to visit the young man's studio. The old collector struggled up all the stairs to the young painter’s loft  studio, but was at last at the doorstep.


By Odd Nerdrum

Late Rembrandt: The Unknown Influence

Rembrandt van Rijn is known for many things. In popular culture: his painting The Night Watch, among painters: his depiction of Light against darkness  and finally, among art-historians  the refusal of adapting to technical rules -...

By Öde Spildo Nerdrum

Meet the American painter and Kitsch-author Luke Hillestad

Luke Hillestad is a classical figurative painter living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was introduced to the new understanding of “kitsch" by reading the book “On Kitsch” in 2007. He then studied with Odd Nerdrum in 2008. Following some years of natural skepticism towards the connotative synony...

By World Wide Kitsch

'SKOPJE 2014' Proves Kitsch's importance

Skopje is currently finding itself as the indisputable "anti-cultural" capital of Europe, following the controversy of the project dubbed "Skopje 2014," which is being financed by the Macedonian government. Classical buildings and sculptures of "dated aesthetics" are erected overnight, overhauling ...

By Bork S. Nerdrum

What is Kitsch?

The Daily Architecture:

San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane