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Deciding to track down Odd Nerdrum's sources of inspiration, his former pupil Tuv and his son Öde go on a world tour in his footsteps.
Deciding to track down Odd Nerdrum's sources of inspiration, his former pupil Tuv and his son Öde go on a world tour in his footsteps.
Deciding to track down Odd Nerdrum's sources of inspiration, his former pupil Tuv and his son Öde go on a world tour in his footsteps.
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The Hunt of Odd Nerdrum

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We are here on Kickstarter trying to raise finishing funds for the documentary-series "The Hunt of Odd Nerdrum."
More than 200 hours of video and sound has been recorded, and the editing is near completion. What we need now is the remaining funding to finalize the documentary and distribute it world wide.

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Joseph Grimeland and Odd Nerdrum in an interview (1980)
Joseph Grimeland and Odd Nerdrum in an interview (1980)

What is this documentary about?

During his long career, Odd Nerdrum has taken on various techniques in his work, following a period of social realism in the ‘70s to the baroque and grotesque in the present. Deciding to track down Nerdrum's sources of inspiration, his former pupil Tuv and his son Öde go on a world tour, visiting the museums and people that crossed paths with the master-painter on his everlasting journey in pursuit of the immortal masterpiece.

The format

In total there will be 6 episodes and each episode will be approximately 45 minutes long.

In front of Odd Nerdrum's "The Murder of Andreas Baader" (1978)
In front of Odd Nerdrum's "The Murder of Andreas Baader" (1978)

About the painter we hunt for

Odd Nerdrum is by many considered to be the leading classical figurative painter in the contemporary art world. He was born in Helsingborg, Sweden in 1944, during World War II. Early on, under the tutelage of the anarchist Jens Bjørnebo in Oslo, he said that he wanted to become the "new Edvard Munch," and soon enough he enrolled in the National Academy of the Arts, at the age of 17.

After observing Rembrandt up-close for the first time, during a class trip to Stockholm, Nerdrum quit school and devoted his life to the old masters.
For some time, he devoured Caravaggio's clair-obscur paintings, which saw its peak in "The Murder of Andreas Baader." His life-size painting shocked the Scandinavian audience and was subject to fierce criticism and debate for several years.

In the 1980s, Nerdrum fled into his own apocalyptic, barren dreamworld where the figures are dressed in rags, confronted by nature.
In 1986, during the Postmodern era, Nerdrum received his breakthrough in America and his paintings are today found in many collections across the States.

In 2002, after loose and undocumented stories in the press, Nerdrum received a letter from the Norwegian tax authorities, who demanded him to account for all sold paintings from the past decade, including unsold works and works in progress. Nerdrum moved to Iceland with his family and began his series of void-paintings, which included "Family in Limbo" (2005).

A few years later, the Norwegian government sentenced Nerdrum to almost three years in prison.
He was pardoned by King Harald V in 2017.

"The Saviour of Painting" (1997) - Self portrait by Odd Nerdrum
"The Saviour of Painting" (1997) - Self portrait by Odd Nerdrum

What is the money going towards?

We need to raise 250 000 NOK (about 30 000 USD) to complete post-production on this film. This will cover editing expenses, the rights to obtain archive footage, film music and photo material. Expenses also includes translating the documentary into several languages.

On the way to Santa Maria del Poppolo in Rome
On the way to Santa Maria del Poppolo in Rome

 

 

In Vienna with musician and painter Boris Koller
In Vienna with musician and painter Boris Koller

 

In Iceland, near Thingvellir with Stefan Boulter
In Iceland, near Thingvellir with Stefan Boulter
 
In front of Caravaggio in the eternal city.
In front of Caravaggio in the eternal city.

 

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Hopefully we will finish this movie. But distributing it worldwide is a task that requires the funding goal to be met.

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