Lillehammer Art Museum holds a large collection of Jakob Weidemann’s art. In 2016 a new extension was built, designed by Snøhetta and featuring a spectacular façade created by Bård Breivik. The purpose of the building is to provide an exhibition hall to show works by Weidemann and his contemporaries.
In the 1950s Jakob Weidemann was strongly influenced by international trends that originated in post-war avant-garde circles in Paris, with key figures such as Pougny and Serge Poliakoff in the forefront. Like several other young Norwegian artists, Weidemann painted in both figurative and abstract styles. He had his definitive breakthrough in an exhibition at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo (1961, a joint exhibition with Arnold Haukeland) with his “Forest Floor” pictures.
This part of the museum’s permanent collection shows the variety of artistic expressions Weidemann made use of from around 1945 until the early 1960s. The presentation of Weidemann is supplemented by contemporaneous works by Gunnar S. Gundersen, Arnold Haukeland, Knut Rumohr and Ludvik Eikaas.
Text: Svein Olav Hoff
Translation: Shari Nilsen