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Ancient Icelandic Manuscripts on Display in Frankfurt

Eight ancient Icelandic manuscripts form the backbone of artist Gabríela Fridriksdóttir’s exhibition “Crepusculum” which opened at the Schirn Art Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday, as part of Iceland’s contribution to the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 12-16, where Iceland is the guest of honor this year.


From “Crepusculum”. Photo by Jirí Hroník.

In “Crepusculum” old and new art meets where sculptures, video and audio installations by Fridriksdóttir form a whole with the manuscripts, describes.

It is very rare that these Icelandic cultural treasures are moved out of the country and never before have as many manuscripts been displayed at the same time in Germany.

The German media has shown Fridriksdóttir’s contribution significant interest and the opening of her exhibition was crowded.

The artist explained that the title is Latin and means “twilight” and that she is referring to the moment when light is breaking through the darkness or daylight is about to disappear. Her artwork is a type of journey, she said, and features transformation.

Next week, an exhibition of the work of Icelandic painter Erró will open at the Schirn Art Museum.

Click here to read about other Icelandic cultural events held in Germany in connection with the Frankfurt Book Fair.


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