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Norse Mythology Artwork Sold to Denmark

In September this year the National Museum of Iceland exhibited 21 pictures by visual artist Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir, from her and Ingunn Ásdísardóttir’s children’s book Destiny of the Gods. The pictures have now been sold to a Danish gallery.

Gunnarsdóttir’s artwork portrays well-known scenes and themes from Norse mythology, like the creation of the world, the story of the goddess Idunn and the apples of youth, the death and cremation of the god Baldur and the tree Askur Yggdrasils, which comprises the world.

According to a press release from book publisher Forlagid, Ib Hessov, the purchasing manager for Kunstudvalget, a respected gallery owned by the hospital in Aarhus, saw the exhibition at the National Museum by coincidence while traveling around Iceland last fall.

The gallery he works for emphasizes modern art and its artwork is displayed in the public spaces of the Aarhus hospital for the enjoyment of patients, staff and visitors.

Hessov was so impressed by the pictures from Destiny of the Gods (Örlög gudanna in Icelandic) that he decided to purchase the entire exhibition. The artwork has been shipped to Denmark and will soon adorn the walls of the Aarhus hospital.

Ásdísardóttir’s text from the book has been translated to Danish and will be included in Kunstudvalget’s exhibition of Gunnarsdóttir’s artwork.

Click here to read more about the book and the exhibition at the National Museum in September.

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