This is the website of NORDIK – The Nordic Association for Art Historians r.y. Since 1984, NORDIK has been a forum which brings together individual scholars and organizations who has an interest in Scandinavian art history. Anyone who shares our interest is welcome to join the association!

One of the key tasks of NORDIK is to organize a triennial art historical conference.


The NORDIK Association for Art Historians is hereby announcing that the next conference is taking place 25.-27.10. 2022 under the heading “Collections”. The conference is virtual and signup is free. It is organized in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, the University of Copenhagen.

Registration and detailed schedule: https://eventsignup.ku.dk/nordik2022/conference

Collections are the basis for art history as we know it. Whether in museums or on the pages of treatises, we bring objects and artworks together and ascribe meaning to them. Through history, art-making has been deeply entwined with collecting. Collections give power – over history, over art, over taste, and ultimately over the future. Arguing about and intervening in collections can also be a fight for alternatives and other futures, or a way to right past wrongs. Collections are born from creativity, and they can stifle new creations. Many artworks are collections in themselves and the collection itself can be seen as an artwork. No matter the perspective, collections are deeply bound to art history.

Stereoscopic photo of statues from Nationalmuseum Stockholm. Tekniska Museet/Europeana

All members will get the latest updates via our e-mail list, you can also check our Facebook-page for updates.

To become a member of NORDIK – just klick the link below!

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