Iceland’s Literary Heritage at the European Commission

On 08th February at the European Commission’s Madou premises in Brussels H.E. Mr. Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to the EU and Mr. Jan Truszczynski, Director General for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, jointly opened the exhibition Fabulous Iceland – Portraits of contemporary Icelandic authors. 

On the occasion Mr Truszczynski commented on the important role of the Icelandic Sagas and the literary heritage dating back from the Middle Ages and the delight of seeing that same heritage in a modern perspective. The exhibition which is designed by Matthias Wegner K consists of photographs by Kristin Ingvarsson  which are juxtaposed with text from journalist Pétur Blöndal, reflecting on the importance of Iceland’s literary history on the modern day authors.

Ms. Björk Óskarsdóttir violinist performed with a repertoire included works by Sigfús Halldórsson and Atli Heimir Sveinsson along with the screening of a new documentary by Helga Brekkan called Iceland’s Artist and Sagas.

Iceland has been in the spotlight as nation of literature in the last few months.  Iceland was the focus of the Frankfurt Book Fair under the slogan Fabulous Iceland and last August, Reykjavik was named UNESCO’s City of Literature

The exhibition is a part of the embassy’s promotional work which aims to engage people in Icelandic culture present in Belgium, Holland and Luxemburg.  Last month the Exhibition was displayed in the building of the European Parliament in Brussels and the coming months it will be displayed in other venues of the European Union as well as in other cultural institutions in the Benelux countries.

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