In 1937 Emil Nolde had the six-by-seven meter painting gallery built as an upper floor above his studio. Thereby he fulfilled, as he said, “a life-long dream”. Surrounded by his works, he received friends and guests here, and presented his newest or best-loved paintings to them. Nowhere does one come closer to Emil Nolde’s perspective than in this painting gallery. Today it is the focus of the annual exhibition, which presents over 30 new paintings each year. All paintings are enclosed in austere dark frames and set out in two rows. At first glance this might be perplexing, yet this unusually dense hanging corresponds to Nolde’s wishes, “As a painter I feel compelled to work with all my might against the overly delicate aesthetic, particular that of thin, dainty Japanese taste, of hanging only one painting on a wall.” The Nolde Foundation Seebüll therefore feels itself bound to his distinctive presentation of works in the painting gallery, and accordingly exhibits his oil paintings in this double-row hanging.