© Einar Falur Ingólfsson
A new exhibition at New York City’s Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America visualizes the landscapes of medieval Icelandic lore through the photographs of Einar Falur Ingólfsson and the nineteenth-century watercolor paintings of British artist W.G. Collingwood. Using Collingwood’s romantic watercolors as inspiration and guide, Ingólfsson photographed the sites of the famous Icelandic sagas, which Collingwood had depicted in 1897. The dialogue between these two artists, which spans more than 110 years, reintroduces the importance of the Viking-era narratives, called Íslendingasögur or Sagas of Icelanders. The exhibition, “Saga-Sites,” shows the changes to these legendary settings, and also serves as a scene-setter and jumping off point for several talks about the history of Iceland and the sagas.
“Saga-Sites: Landscapes of the Icelandic Sagas is currently on view through January 12, 2013 at the Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America.
Above: From Mt. Helgafell (27.06.2009), 2009.