The White Falcon

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The White Falcon - 05.03.1971, Blaðsíða 10

The White Falcon - 05.03.1971, Blaðsíða 10
Page 10 THE WHITE FALCON March 5, 1971 115 years from Denmark Icelandic National Gallery, Portrait of Modern Art Iceland's National Gallery originated in Denmark in 1855 and was the result of the efforts of a small group of artists and art enthusiasts striving at the time to make Icelandic culture evident to the Danes. Until Iceland re- ceived her independence and the proper housing facilities for a gallery were found, most of the paintings acquired by the govern- ment were housed in the Althing, Iceland's body of Parliament. The gallery, which is locat- ed above the National Museum, op- erates between 1:30-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The expanding culture of Iceland has, similar to the museum, found the gallery lacking in space for the ever-increasing donations and purchases. As a result,many of the 1600 paintings, sculptures and graphics remain in storage or on loan to various embassies and government houses. The gallery is in constant transition with the exhibitions that usually require complete dismantling after showing. The outer corridor is the only sec- tion that has a semblance of per- Tnanancy because it is here where the sculptures are exhibited. It is also where the largest canvas of the gallery is displayed; one of Gunnlaugar Scheving's themes of the sea and sailors. The current curator is Selma Jonsdottir, who attended many American universities, including Berkeley, Barnard College and Columbia. She received her doc- torate from the University of Iceland and became the permanent curator in 1950. Exhibitions have been spon- sored by the gallery in the United States, Denmark, Norway, the Sov- iet Union and Poland. The gal- lery has also received many ex- cellent exhibitions in return. SELMA jeNSDOTTIP. similar to the Louvre and mai other national galleries,the N ional Gallery is visited by s cents from many art schools lo- cated nearby and training is per- mitted inthe-gallery for students to copy a painting to better understand it. In 1961, a council was created by the State to control the qual- ity and quantity of donations of- fered to the museum. The council includes three artists,one sculp- tor, and the curator. Asrundur Sveinnson is the present sculptor on the council. Iceland is unique in the field of art because both the painter, and sculptors have not lost their social contact. Many paintings are offered in donation by the painters themselves and purchases from their collections are made directly. Their work is not rou- ted through the lonq channels of galleries and exhibitions that subjerge the artist's identity. The current exhibition sets an example of the quality of work by younq Icelandic artists. Many paintings from Iceland hanq in museums throuqhout I-'.urope America which evidence the sp. tanity and inventiveness of nation that is considerably new when compared to the classic aqes of Europe. • XII

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