6 June 2009 - 17 January 2010. Born in 1867, Emil Nolde originally trained as a wood-carver. In 1894 he created a postcard-series, the proceeds from which enabled him to become a painter. He progressed through the various art movements of the time before achieving recognition as a front-runner in Expressionism. Although Nolde had previously been a supporter of the National Socialists, in 1937 his work was condemned by the Nazis as 'degenerate art'. Worse was to follow in 1941 when he was prohibited to paint, even in private. Despite this, Nolde risked everything and secretly painted a staggering 1,300 watercolours which he hid until 1945. After the war he received the German Order of Merit, the country's highest civilian decoration.
This exhibition displays all aspects of Nolde's work and divides his career into six themes.