Who dated Cecilie Broch Knudsen?

Odd Nerdrum dated Cecilie Broch Knudsen from 1977 to 1991

Cecilie Broch Knudsen

Cecilie Broch Knudsen (born 3 January 1950) is a Norwegian artist who was rector of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts from August 2007 to August 2015.

She was born in New York City as a daughter of diplomat Ditlef Knudsen (1911–1981) and Anna Sophie Broch (1918–2000), and grew up in several countries where her father was stationed; Canada, Turkey, Thailand and Chile. She is a graduate of the National Academy of Craft and Art Industry, the National Academy of Fine Arts and the teachers' college Statens yrkespedagogiske høyskole. She started her career as a painter, illustrator and graphic designer.

From 1996 to 2007 she was the rector of Einar Granum Kunstfagskole, a preparatory art school. In 2007 she edged out Anders Eiebakke to become the new rector of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, a merger between two of the academies where she studied as well as three others. During her tenure as rector, the institution became fully co-located in the former Christiania Seildugsfabrikk.

Knudsen has chaired the board of Trafo Art Hall in Asker and has been a board member of the Jewish Museum in Oslo, and Talent Norway.

Knudsen resides at Uranienborg, Oslo. She was in a relationship to painter Odd Nerdrum from 1977 to 1991. Together, they had three daughters. Quarrels between Knudsen and Nerdrum have surfaced and reached national media on several occasions. In 2011, Nerdrum was on trial for tax fraud, and publicly accused Knudsen of tipping off the tax authorities. In 2014, she sued Nerdrum over the inheritance of Nerdrum's deceased mother's house.


Odd Nerdrum

Odd Nerdrum

Odd Nerdrum (born 8 April 1944) is a Swedish-born, Norwegian figurative painter whose work is held by museums worldwide. Themes and style in Nerdrum's work reference anecdote and narrative. Primary influences by the painters Rembrandt and Caravaggio help place his work in direct conflict with the abstraction and conceptual art considered acceptable in much of Norway. Nerdrum creates six to eight paintings a year. They include still life paintings of small, everyday objects (like bricks), portraits and self-portraits, and large paintings allegorical and apocalyptic in nature. The figures in Nerdrum's paintings are often dressed as if from another time and place.

Nerdrum was born in Helsingborg, Sweden to resistance fighters who had fled German-occupied Norway during World War II. At the end of the war Nerdrum returned to Norway with his parents. By 1950 Nerdrum's parents had divorced leaving the mother to raise Nerdrum and his younger brother. In 1993, Nerdrum discovered his father was not his biological father; his mother had had a relationship with the architect David Sanfed. Nerdrum was born from this liaison.

Nerdrum was educated in a Rudolf Steiner school and later at the Art Academy of Oslo. Disillusioned with the art form taught at the academy and with modern art in general Nerdrum began to teach himself to paint in a post modern style with Rembrandt and Carravagio as influences. In 1965, he began a several-months study with the German artist Joseph Beuys.

Nerdrum says that his art should be understood as kitsch rather than art as such. On Kitsch, a manifesto composed by Nerdrum, describes the distinction he makes between kitsch and art. Nerdrum's philosophy has spawned The Kitsch Movement among his students and followers, who call themselves kitsch painters rather than artists.