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Wintershall is partner for the major Dahl-Friedrich exhibition in OsloExhibition officially opened by Norwegian EU Minister Vidar Helgesen / The works of the two great Romantic painters are being shown together for the first time in a comprehensive exhibition

Oslo. Wintershall is the main sponsor for the groundbreaking exhibition “Dahl and Friedrich – Romantic Landscapes”. The retrospective brings together for the first time paintings and drawings by Johan Christian Dahl (1788-1857) and Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) in one exhibition. The Norwegian EU Minister, Vidar Helgesen, opened this extraordinary exhibition during a ceremony held at the National Gallery within the National Museum in Oslo. The works of the two main representatives of Nordic landscape painting during the Romantic period can be seen there from 10 October 2014 to 4 January 2015.

German-born Caspar David Friedrich and the Norwegian Johan Christian Dahl were both professors at the Academy of Fine Art in Dresden and were also close friends. During their time together in Dresden, Dahl and Friedrich set new standards for romantic painting and also provided a successful example of German-Norwegian cooperation at the art-historical level. “This cooperation reminds us of ourselves at Wintershall,” said Martin Bachmann, member of Wintershall’s Board of Executive Directors, during the exhibition opening. “After all, partnership and mutual trust provide the basis that has enabled us to grow so quickly as a German oil and gas company in Norway.” Wintershall and Statoil just recently agreed to further strengthen their partnership in September. 

“In recent years Norway has become a home for us at Wintershall in both economic and human terms,” adds Bernd Schrimpf, Managing Director of Wintershall Norge. “With our commitment to the exhibition, we want to express our close relationship with the society and culture here in Norway.” 

The organisation of the exhibition has also relied on cross-border cooperation, whereby the retrospective is a collaborative effort between the National Gallery in Oslo and the Dresden State Art Collections where the exhibition will also be shown next year. The two patrons of the exhibition are Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and Daniela Schadt, the partner of the German President.

“Major retrospectives such as the Dahl-Friedrich exhibition need the support of business,” explains Nils Ohlsen, who is Director of Old Masters and Modern Art at the National Museum in Oslo. “Therefore we’re delighted that with Wintershall we’ve been able to gain the support of a partner with whom we successfully cooperated two years ago with our Nolde exhibition. I have come to know Wintershall as a company that is very committed to the German-Norwegian relations and which sees the potential offered by art for fostering understanding across national boundaries.”   

As Germany's largest internationally active oil and gas producer, Wintershall has been continually expanding its activities in Norway for years. The company has thus successfully established itself as an integrated exploration and production company and as one of the leading producers on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. This growth is principally based on a close partnership with Statoil, which was expanded in September 2014 through the acquisition of shares in production fields and development projects 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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