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Johannes Hofmeister - an artist's life in, around and with the landscape


Vendsyssel Museum of Art presents
Johannes Hofmeister – an artist’s life in, around and with the landscape
from 18 August 2007 to 13 January 2008

Vendsyssel Museum of Art is delighted finally to be able to present the long awaited retrospective Johannes Hofmeister exhibition. For a number of years the audience has called for an exhibition as well as book on the artist as Johannes Hofmeister is one of the classics in the Vendsyssel landscape painting. His motives are closely attached to the areas where he lived. Last time the works of Johannes Hofmeister were presented by the museum was in 1984. Therefore we expect a great number of guests during all of the exhibition period.

The exhibition
With ”Johannes Hofmeister – an artist’s life in, around and with the landscape” we fulfil the wish for an exhibition as well as a book. However, it is not solely to meet the desires of the audience that we have arranged the exhibition. It is quite natural for us to do so as Johannes Hofmeister is already playing an essential role as one of the most important artists of the museum. It is a large part of our work to gather and communicate knowledge about the artists in the collections of the museum. We have a very fine and comprehensive collection of Johannes Hofmeister’s works within painting as well as graphics – and from many private homes we have selected some 100 works for the exhibition. It shows all periods in Hofmeister’s production – all very much attached to the places he lived. The exhibition contains a number of important works from the period at Halsagervej in Hjørring, the years in Hjørring Bjerge, the time at Vennebjerg Mølle by the coast at Hjørring as well as from the holidays on the island Læsø. Thus, the exhibition contains a highly satisfactory selection of works from all of Hofmeister’s comprehensive and richly faceted production.

In the richly illustrated catalogue (129 pages) the art historian, professor, dr.phil. Jacob Wamberg, the painter Poul Anker Bech and the art historian, and artistic manager of Kunstbygningen i Vrå (The Art Building in Vrå) Anne Lie Stokbro writes about Johannes Hofmeister. The authors give each their angle on Johannes Hofmeister and his art. Apart from a historical placing of Hofmeister nationally the articles draw lines to international artists, thus lifting Johannes Hofmeister out of the local perspective he is normally viewed in.

For further information please contact curator Lise Mortensen at or (+45) 98 92 41 33.