Saga Sites, Landscapes of the Icelandic Sagas
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) announces a unique exhibition tracking the great, medieval narratives of Iceland – known collectively as the Íslendingasögur, or the Sagas of Icelanders – through the 19th century watercolors of British artist W.G. Collingwood and the personal, documentary photographs of renowned Icelandic artist Einar Falur Ingólfsson. The first of its kind in the United States, the exhibition explores the inimitable visual dialogue forged between Collingwood and Ingólfsson – working over a century apart – and highlights the significance of the sagas within Iceland’s literary heritage and their enduring cultural inspiration.
Saga-Sites comprises more than 60 original watercolors and contemporary photographs, all drawn from the artists’ respective journeys to the legendary sites of the sagas – Collingwood’s in 1897 and Ingólfsson’s 110 years later, using Collingwood’s travels as a “guide.” The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view the physical environs of these captivating narratives set in the Viking Age, revisited and reinterpreted centuries later.
The exhibition was featured as one of two exhibitions of the month in PDN – Photo Distict News, along with New Photography at MoMA.
The exhibition is on view until January 12, 2013
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