The Study Collection at Holstebro Kunstmuseum
Holstebro Kunstmuseum currently owns more than 50 works by Noack, and she is represented in the urban environment with several sculptures. Astrid Noack has played an important role in the collection ever since the museum’s foundation in 1967, so in 1982, the Scholarship Foundation decided to deposit the artist’s original plaster models, sketches and archives at the museum: the Study Collection. A large selection of these will be displayed in this archive exhibition.
The Astrid Noack Scholarship Foundation
The Astrid Noack Scholarship Foundation was founded in 1955, the year after the artist’s death. The purpose of the foundation is to manage Noack’s legacy by honouring young Danish sculptors through the award of scholarships – and thereby support the development of the Danish sculpture tradition.
The sculptor Astrid Noack (1888-1954) is a unique figure in Danish art. She graduated as a woodcutter in 1910 and became the first female member of the Grønningen Art Society in 1935. In 2006, she was the only woman artist to be included in the Danish cultural canon of the most significant Danish artworks.
The Astrid Noack Scholarship is awarded in recognition of Danish artists who work in the cross-field between sculpture, space, sensuality and the body. Today, installations and multimedia formats provide wide frameworks for sculptural art, and the award of the scholarship creates an opportunity to focus on developments, new departures and perspectives in Danish sculpture.
The Astrid Noack Scholarship Foundation consists of the chairman, Janus Noack (2020-, Astrid Noack’s relative) and three changing Danish visual artists.
Noack and Holstebro
Astrid Noack has been a central figure in the collections of Holstebro Kunstmuseum ever since its inception in 1967. The museum’s first director, the art historian and writer Poul Vad, was a diligent collector of her works, the expressive, stylised and powerful lines of which he regarded as a principal tendency in Danish sculptural history. Since then, Noack’s artistic starting point in the human body has been an important reference point in the museum’s collection, which today includes more than 50 works by the artist.
The link between Holstebro Kunstmuseum and Astrid Noack was further reinforced in 1982, when the Scholarship Foundation decided to deposit a large number of the artist’s original plaster models, sketches and archives at the museum: the Astrid Noack Study Collection.