THE MAGAZINE LINIEN IN GUDHJEM
Richard Mortensen, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Hans Øllgaard, Gustaf Munch-Petersen and Ejler Bille travelled to Gudhjem in the mid-1930s, which once again served as an artist magnet.
The above artists helped creating the community Linien, which published a magazine under the same name. The magazine Linien introduced Danish art to surrealism.
As the artist community was inspired by the abstract-surrealist form language, the Bornholm environment is not directly reflected in their works.
Their stay on and enthusiasm for Bornholm naturally influenced their work, however no deeper traces were left in their art or in the artistic climate on Bornholm.
Richard Mortensen (1910-1993) stayed in a rented loft studio in Holkadalen during the time known as his Gudhjem-years.
Here he created his so-called Gudhjem paintings. It is a series of pictures in a purely abstract visual language, which connects elements from botany and eroticism inspired by surrealism.
Mortensen's art friends also lived in Gudhjem. He met with them and Hans Øllgaard around the Hjorth sisters' ceramics workshop in the same town.
Sonja Ferlov Mancoba (1911-1984) also stayed in Gudhjem in the 1930's before she travlled to Paris in 1936.
She started her artistic career as a painter until she met the Hjorth-sisters who inspired her to work with clay and sculptures.
In the meantime, the artists Sigurd Vasegaard (1909-1967) and Paul Høm (1905-1994) were influenced and drawn by the ideas of natural and mythical, and a deification of the immediate environment.
Vasegaard illustrated the myth of Vølvens Spådom that you can watch in the museum cinema by asking the museum guides in the tickets sales.
Both Vasegaard and Høm remained faithfully bound to Bornholm.