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Solander 250: Letters From Iceland

3 December, 202229 January, 2023

The exhibition Solander 250: Letters from Iceland is held in remembrance of one of the first foreign scientific expedition to Iceland in 1772, i.e. 250 years ago. On this journey was one of Carl Linnaeus‘s apostles, the Swedish natural scientist Daniel Solander. Solander and his fellow travellers landed in Hafnarfjörður and travelled from there to Bessastaðir, Þingvellir, Geysir, Skálholt and climbed to the top of mount Hekla before they returned home. Among the things they recorded in Iceland were nature, culture, traditions and clothing. Ten Icelandic graphic-artists from the Icelandic Printmakers Association will interpret these events from 1772 and how the nation and the country have changed since then.

Simultaneously the exhibition Paradise Lost will be opened. Solander was the main botanist on the HMS Endeavor on the first European expedition to Australia. The exhibition has already been set up in New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. The two exhibitions thus form a unique dialogue between the Arctic and the Pacific through Daniel Solander’s travels.

Participants: Anna Líndal, Aðalheiður Valgeirsdóttir, Daði Guðbjörnsson, Gíslína Dögg Bjarkadóttir, Guðmundur Ármann Sigurjónsson, Iréne Jensen, Laura Valentino, Soffía Sæmundsdóttir, Valgerður Björnsdóttir, Viktor Hannesson, John Pusateri, Alexis Neal, Dagmar Dyck, John McLean, Tabatha Forbes, Michel Tuffery, Sharnae Beardsley, Jo Ogier, Lynn Taylor, Jenna Packer.