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Norwegian-German exhibition exceeds expectations Exhibition of works by Dahl and Friedrich welcomes around 50,000 visitors and becomes one of the most visited in the history of the National Museum of Oslo / Successful cooperation between Wintershall and the National Museum

Oslo. The Norwegian capital can now look back on a spectacular art event: last weekend the exhibition “Dahl and Friedrich. Romantic Landscapes” drew to a close. The exhibition, which ran from October 2014 to January 2015 in the Norwegian National Gallery, exhibited paintings by Johan Christian Dahl (1788-1857) and  Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), two of the most important artists of the Romantic period. The significant works of Romantic painting attracted great interest in Norway. The exhibition pulled in around 50,000 visitors, making it one of the most successful exhibitions in the history of the National Museum in Oslo.

The Dahl-Friedrich exhibition is already the second successful project that the Oslo National Museum and Wintershall have put on together. Two years ago, within this partnership, Germany’s largest crude oil and natural gas producer was involved in putting together the first exhibition of works by Emil Nolde in the National Gallery as the main sponsor – also with resounding success.

Art as an expression of friendship and solidarity

“Dahl and Friedrich already showed us at the beginning of the 19th century what successful cooperation beyond national boundaries can achieve,” Martin Bachmann, Member of the Board of Executive Directors at Wintershall, says. “The two artists were bound by a profound friendship, inspired each other and created great things together. In so doing they provided a lasting example of the outstanding results that can be achieved when Norwegians and Germans work together in partnership and trust.

”Nils Ohlsen, Director for Old Masters and Modern Art in the National Museum, also looks back on the exhibition very positively: “Even at the opening of the exhibition we noticed that the romantic landscapes of Dahl and Friedrich generated a great deal of keen interest. The fact that the exhibition even exceeded our expectations in the end makes us particularly happy,” Ohlsen said. 

Wintershall on course for success in the spirit of Norwegian-German friendship

 “As an internationally active company, we place great value on getting involved socially and culturally in our partner countries. The high number of visitors and the fantastic resonance we received for the exhibition reflect what we experience in our daily work in Norway: an open and welcoming environment. And it is precisely this that allowed us to grow into one of the most important partners and companies in crude oil and natural gas production on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in less than a decade,” Bernd Schrimpf, Managing Director of Wintershall Norge, said referring to Wintershall’s commitment in Norway.

Wintershall Holding GmbH, based in Kassel, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF in Ludwigshafen. The company has been active in the extraction of natural resources for 120 years, and in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas for over 80 years. Wintershall focuses on selected core regions where the company has built up a high level of regional and technological expertise. These are Europe, Russia, North Africa, South America, and increasingly the Middle East region. The company wants to expand its business further with exploration and production, selected partnerships, innovation and technological competence. Wintershall employs some 2,500 staff worldwide from 40 nations and is now Germany’s largest, internationally active crude oil and natural gas producer.

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Contact: Stefan Leunig