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Things that are formed after old models in an epigonic manner, they are kitsch, since they fake the style and will of the time. Those objects that are formed without any existing models, they may be bad, but they are not kitsch! Because they do not fake anything past or present, because they do not lie.

— Fritz Karpfen, author

The Early Years of Odd Nerdrum

Around the time Edvard Munch died in his home at Ekely in the winter of 1944 — Edith Marie Nerdrum was interrogated by Gestapo due to her husband's involvement in the Norwegian Resistance Movement. Eventually, she managed to smuggle herself out of the country in a tank truck and gave birth to Odd ...



By Bork S. Nerdrum
Kitsch and the Self: The Virtues of a Limited Voice

There is a general impression that self-expression is liberating. However, the culture’s obsession with the self and the requirement of personal expression can in fact be limiting and pressuring as well. Students at art academies – that is, classical academies – are concerned ...



By Carl W. Korsnes
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.

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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 he is known for the refusal of adapting to technical rules — especially in his late days. For art hist...



By Öde Spildo Nerdrum

What is Kitsch?