AN ARTIST AT THE SAGA SITES

  • 31.1.2015 - 22.3.2015, Listasafn Sigurjóns Ólafssonar

In 1926 the Icelandic and Danish authors Gunnar Gunnarsson and Johannes V. Jensen initiated the publication of a Danish translation of the Icelandic Sagas. Its purpose was to celebrate one thousand years of the establishment of the Parliament at Thingvellir in 1930.  

The Danish artist Johannes Larsen (1867-1961) was commissioned to visit Iceland and make illustrations for this publication. His drawings were meant to give the Danish readers an insight into the landscape of the historical sites of the Sagas, but not to illustrate its events or characters.

Johannes Larsen came twice to Iceland for this purpose, the summers 1927 and 1930, and traveled around the country on horseback, often under difficult conditions, with his companion, Ólafur Túbals, a farmer and a painter, from Múlakot in Fljótshlíð. On these trips Johannes Larsen made around three hundred drawings, of which 188 appeared in the publication of Sagas.

The drawings in this exhibition are from the private col­lections of Johannes Larsen's family members in Denmark, Sweden and the USA. Thanks to the effort of Vibeke Nørgaard Nielsen, who is the curator of this exhibition, these art works are exhibited here. Last spring they were also exhibited at Nord­atlantens Brygge in Copen­hagen.

The bulk of Johannes Larsen's work, is found in Johannes Larsen Museum in Kerteminde, Fyn, Denmark.

Sponsors:

•The Velux Foundation
•Johannes Larsen Museum, Denmark 
•The Foundation for Danish-Icelandic Cooperation
•Hede Nielsens Family Foundation
•TVG-Zimsen in Iceland
•The Danish Embassy in Iceland