Museum Frieder Burda presents Emil Nolde. The Splendor of Colors

Museum Frieder Burda presents Emil Nolde. The Splendor of Colors an exhibition on view from June 15 to October 13, 3013. It is the first extensive presentation of Nolde’s works in southern Germany in many years.

Emil Nolde Streitgespräch, 1938/45, Aquarell, © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

Emil Nolde Streitgespräch, 1938/45, Aquarell, © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll


It will comprise about fifty-five oil paintings and circa twenty watercolors ranging from the beginning of his artistic career to his late work. The exhibition was developed in collaboration with the Nolde Foundation Seebüll and will be curated by Professor Dr. Manfred Reuther, the former director of the Nolde Foundation.

Emil Nolde (1867–1956) counts among the most important artists of Expressionism.

The comprehensive presentation will feature the principal themes of his creative work. Besides landscapes, it includes figure paintings and portraits, religious motifs, as well as impressions from his journey to the South Sea.

The lushly colored paintings reveal the complexity of Nolde’s lifeworld. What they all share is the emotional power of color. Manfred Reuther: “From the beginning of his painterly work, Nolde’s artistic development was the path to color as his ultimate means of expression, which he increasingly mastered.” Nolde was convinced: “Colors were a joy to me, and I felt as if they loved my hands.” His colorful paintings and watercolors testify to his affinity with nature and his search for primal human states. Radiant red, dark blue, deep black, and intense lilac—these are some of the expressive colors Emil Nolde used to paint romantic landscapes and dramatic seascapes. www.museum-frieder-burda.de

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