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The Astrid Noack Study Collection. Exhibition view The Astrid Noack Study Collection. Exhibition view

Permanent presentation The Astrid Noack
Study Collection

When she died, the sculptor Astrid Noack (1888-1954) left behind numerous sculptures, sketches and books. The following year, her family set up the Astrid Noack Scholarship Foundation to administer Noack’s estate, look after the many works, and award the newly-established Astrid Noack Scholarship to young Danish artists.
The Foundation’s archive and study collection thereby comprises the centrepiece of one of the great and unusual figures in Danish art. Astrid Noack trained as a journeyman sculptor in 1910. In 1935 she became the first female member of the Grønningen Artists’ Co-operative, and in 2006 she was included in the Danish Cultural Canon, as the only female artist. 
Her many studies testify to the work of an indefatigable artist with her material: over and over again, the human body is processed in wood, plaster and bronze. The figures are produced in varying scales – and always with the silent, humane dignity that characterises her work. Noack could spend many years completing a sculpture and finding exactly the right form of expression for it. These are the processes to which the Astrid Noack Study Collection bears witness. 
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 consists of the chairman, Astrid Vestergaard (1995-, Astrid Noack’s grandniece) and three changing Danish visual artists.