For centuries, the North was conceived as a remote place of wild and dangerous nature. This image was cultivated by the Romantics, coinciding with a period when artists started to explore the nature of Scandinavia first-hand, as well as the creation of national identities.
Knut Ljøgodt has been Curator in the National Gallery, Oslo, Director of Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromsø, and Founding Director of Kunsthall Svalbard in the Arctic, and is today Director of Nordic Institute of Art. Knut Ljøgodt has published several books, catalogues and articles, and curated or co-curated a series of exhibitions on 19th and 20th century Scandinavian and European art, with a special penchant for Romanticism. His projects include History Depicted (2011); Knud Baade: Moonlight Romantic (Northern Norway Art Museum 2012); Peder Balke (National Gallery, London 2014), as well as the upcoming Histories: Samí Artists of Three Generations (Royal Palace, Oslo 2019); and Edward Burne-Jones (Waldemarsudde, Stockholm and KODE, Bergen 2019-20).
Moderation: Professor Dr. Kilian Heck