Screaming from the Mountain. Landscapes and Viewpoints

Screaming from the Mountain: Landscapes and Viewpoints is a large scale exhibition examining the Northern European landscape tradition, presented on all three fl oors of SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum. Departing from the painterly tradition of Romanticism, its focus is on how this is mirrored and re-contextualised in contemporary art practices. The viewpoint proves as important as the view: where you stand in regards of geography, history, gender, power, race – or if you are looking at the genre of landscape as such, with all its conventions to follow or to break with.

Several important historic artists are involved – like Amaldus Nielsen, J.C. Dahl, Kitty Kielland, Marcelius Førland, Carl Fredrik Hill, Elias Martin and August Strindberg – and a line-up of artists of not only great international reputation, but also providing relevant and sometimes unexpected takes on the topic of landscapes. Screaming from the Mountain includes Isaac Julien, Mariele Neudecker, João Penalva, Job Koelewijn, Karen Kilimnik, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Cornelia Parker, Elina Brotherus, Inga Svala Thorsdottir and several others from an international field.

The majority of the more than 60 artists of the exhibition are active in the Nordic countries, and in one or another way dealing with ideas rooted in the Romantic tradition that are still present in the discussion and artistic practices particularly in the Nordic region. A K Dolven, Ane Graff, Matias Faldbakken, Linn Pedersen, Thora Dolven Balke, Dag Erik Elgin, Mari Slaattelid, Torbjørn Rødland, and Vilde Salhus Røed are artists in the exhibition for Norway nationwide, while Fine Art Union, Jorann
Abusland, Carly Troncale, Preben Holst, Leonard Rickhard, Eirik Gjedrem, Kjell Nupen and Sidsel Hanum display the strength of the local art scene in southern Norway.