The exhibition “Ása G. Wright – from Iceland to Trinidad” opens on the second floor of the National Museum of Iceland today to coincide with the release of a new biography about Wright, Kona thriggja eyja, written by anthropologist Inga Dóra Björnsdóttir.
The exhibition includes some of the objects which Wright donated to the museum in the 1960s. Many of these objects have never been exhibited before.
Wright’s given name was Áslaug Gudmundsdóttir. She was born in south Iceland in 1892 and belonged to a wealthy family. Wright was adventurous and ended up running a guesthouse in Trinidad, where she died in 1971.
Wright donated a large part of her household inventory and a generous sum of money to the National Museum before she passed away.
In 1968 a fund was created in her name to sponsor visits of foreign scholars to Iceland to give presentations on Nordic culture on behalf of the National Museum.