Many of Iceland’s national treasures are on display in the Culture House’s featured exhibition Medieval Manuscripts – Eddas and Sagas. It includes the principal medieval manuscripts, such as Codex Regius of the Poetic Edda and the compendium Flateyjarbók, as well as law codices and Christian works, not to forget the Sagas of Icelanders. An important paper manuscript from later centuries is also displayed.
The old vellum manuscripts preserve the Northern classical heritage: unique sagas, poems and narratives which are often our sole written sources of information on the society, religion and world view of the people of Northern Europe from pagan times through the tumult of Viking Expansion, the settlement of the Atlantic Islands and the period of Christianisation.
The exhibition focuses on the period preceding the writing of the manuscripts, their origins and role, manuscript collecting, editions, and on their reception in Iceland and abroad. It also portrays the process of book making itself: preparing the vellum and ink, writing, illuminating etc. are explained in a special exhibit area.
Over the winter months the Culture House offers a guided tour in English of the exhibition The Medieval Manuscripts – Eddas and Sagas, and other exhibitions by demand, Mondays and Fridays at 3:00 pm. There is no extra charge for the tour, general entrance fee applies.
Exhibition about Halldór Laxness´s childhood.
This event is in conjunction with the conference Art in Translation, the Nordic House in Reykjavík and the project (I)ndependent People: Collaborations and Artist Initiatives at the Reykjavík Arts Festival.
Some fifty years ago a movement arose of artists who focused on the production of books as artworks. They exchanged books by mail and thus created a transnational network to foster radical new ideas on art, society and culture. Some Icelandic artists, led by Dieter Roth and Magnús Pálsson, were quick to embrace this new art form, thus laying the groundwork for a tradition that later generations of artists have used to disseminate their art and nurture communication with progressive artists around the world.
This exhibition examines this important aspect of contemporary Icelandic art, revealing the important role that artists’ books played in ending the isolation of Icelandic artists and allowing them to become active participants in the international avant-garde.More