Einar Falur Ingólfsson | Johannes Larsen Museet, Denmark
Johannes Larsen Museet, Denmark
Runs through March 26th, 2017
Einar Falur Ingólfsson in Johannes Larsen’s footsteps.
The Johannes Larsen Museum welcomes you to a large, esthetic exhibition that pays homage to the Icelandic landscape: its wide vistas, its steep cliffs, the difficulties of travelling through it and the many stories the landscape has engendered. In addition, the exhibition tells about two artists who travelled in the land of sagas, trying to unearth its soul, 90 years apart.
The Iceland exhibition treats different aspects of the Danish/Icelandic collaboration, which Johannes Larsen’s voyages to Iceland in 1927 and again in 1930 are an expression of. The purpose of his travels was to create many illustrations for the newly translated The Icelandic Sagas, which was published in 1930-32. Johannes V. Jensen and Gunnar Gunnarsson took the initiative to create the project. In the summer of 2016, the Icelandic photographer, Einar Falur Ingólfsson travelled around Iceland following Larsen’s tracks, photographing the sights that Larsen drew. Ingólfsson’s photographs supplement Johannes Larsen’s ink drawings, and in some cases show how the otherwise unchanging landscape has, nonetheless, shifted in the course of 90 years.
In addition, a handful of both living and dead artists’ works will show their interpretations of the Icelandic landscape. Various expedition objects will be included to demonstrate the difficulties Larsen in 1927 – and Ingólfsson in 2016 – had to deal with to produce their art. These will include Ingólfsson’s diaries, notes and sketches, as well as Johannes Larsen’s diaries from his first trip in 1927, where he wrote to his wife, Alhed. She died while Larsen was in Iceland; the tone of his diaries from three years later in 1930 has shifted to reflect his loss. Now he writes mostly to himself, and one can sense that something fundamental has happened in the artist’s life.
Einar Falur Ingólfsson is an Icelandic photographer, culture journalist and literary reviewer at the daily Morgunblaðið, Einar Falur has made photo-books and photo-essays from various countries. He has exhibited his works in Iceland and abroad and teaches periodically at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts.