UDSTILLING AF ISLANDSK KUNST

THE FIRST EXHIBITIONS OF ICELANDIC ART IN COPENHAGEN

  • 21.1.2016 - 11.9.2016, Listasafn Íslands

In 1927, Icelandic art was presented to the public in Copenhagen for the first time. The exhibition, Udstilling af islandsk kunst (An Exhibition of Icelandic Art) in Charlottenborg Palace, was a seminal one, bringing together nearly 350 works by twelve Icelandic artists. The exhibition was held at the instigation of Danish journalist Georg Gretor with public funding, and its stated aim was to introduce Icelandic art to audiences abroad. It has been known in Iceland as The Icelandic Exhibition in Copenhagen.

Seven years earlier, in 1920, the Danish-Icelandic Society held the first joint exhibition of Icelandic art, Fem islandske malere (Five Icelandic Artists), showcasing 160 works by five artists in the Kleis Gallery.

The present exhibition at the National Gallery of Iceland looks back at a portion of the works that were presented at these watershed events in Copenhagen. The exhibition is a collaboration with the Danish-Icelandic Society, founded in Copenhagen in 1916, one of whose stated aims was to increase knowledge of Iceland in Denmark.

Curator Dagný Heiðdal.

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