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Exhibition on Iceland’s Visual Arts Heritage Opens

A new and unique permanent exhibition opens today in the historical Culture House on Hverfisgata in central Reykjavík. The exhibition, which will take place in the entire building, focuses on the heritage of the visual arts in Iceland across different genres, from the Middle Ages to present day.

Artifacts and artwork from six major cultural institutions, which all have their origins in the building, will be on display: the National Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, National Archives, National and University Library and Árni Magnússon Institute.

The exhibition is not in chronological order but designed to shed new light on the Icelandic cultural heritage and give the viewer an opportunity to discover new connections between, for example, a mediaeval manuscript and modern painting.

There are many ways to experience the exhibition, which is designed to be accessible for all; foreign tourists can opt for using an audio guide in English and people with children can take part in games relating to the objects on display.

Curated by Markús Þór Andrésson, the exhibition will run for several years.

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