Right now, Scandinavian culture is everywhere: from a major Edvard Munch exhibition opening at Tate Modern in June to Sue Prideaux's new biography of Strindberg; from Maxine Peake as Miss Julie in Manchester to Danish, Norwegian and Swedish drama dominating our bookshops and screens. 

If you share this fascination and would like to delve deeper into the Northern psyche, join us in our study tour to Oslo. It is specifically designed to give insight into Norway's search for a cultural identity over the past century and a half.



Friday 15 June – Sunday 17 June 2012

Dr Elena Kashina

(£400, includes entry to all museums and sites and travel between sites; travel to Oslo and accommodation are not included)

photo of Oslo's St Johan's Gatan in portrait format starkly litThe trip to Oslo will focus on the period from the 1870s to the 1950s. The last decades of the nineteenth century saw Norway actively sharing in the pan-European elation of re-discovering and re-defining national identities.  In Norway, this was underscored by an intensifying drive towards national independence, after centuries of being ruled by Denmark (1536 – 1814) and then by Sweden (1814 – 1905). During our visits we will explore a distinctly indigenous tradition, expressed in paintings, sculpture and architecture, and in a language which represents a meeting of the broader European cultural expression and of Norway’s very own sensibilities. We shall start by visiting the National Gallery, and proceed to the Museum of Decorative Arts.The Munch Museum will offer an insight into a Norwegian interpretation of early twentieth- century aesthetics. Sculptural work by Gustav Vigeland, set in Oslo’s largest landscaped park, presents a reflection on the human condition, arguably informed by the historically forlorn nature of Norwegian lifestyle and by post-war reconstruction. Finally, the Oslo City Hall is a monument to Norway’s cultural and civic achievement. Raised on the site of a notorious slum area, it has a unique character symbolic of a unity of national romanticism and functionality.

Lecturer’s Biography:

Dr Elena Kashina studied for her MPhil in Mediaeval Viking and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oslo, following an award of a scholarship by the Research Council of Norway and gained her PhD in the History of Art at Leeds in 2007. Her scholarly interests include changes of traditional iconographies in 16th-century Russia, in their political and cultural context, and the history of artistic patronage, with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Her current research focuses on contributing to the edited collection on 'Representing the Past in the Nineteenth Century’, to be published by Ashgate in 2015.


For further details contact

e:mail:  short.courses@courtauld.ac.uk: 

tel.  0207 848 2678

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Short Courses

Somerset House, The Strand

London WC2R 0RN

Image: Karl Johans Gate, Oslo

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