Two new photo exhibitions opened at the National Museum of Iceland this week: “Ásfjall” by Pétur Thomsen in the Myndasalur exhibition hall and “Photographs from a Visit to Iceland in 1955” by Kurt Dejmo, which will be displayed on the wall by the hall’s entrance.
From “Ásfjall” by Pétur Thomsen.
The former exhibition features photographs of the area surrounding Mt. Ásfjall in Hafnarfjördur which Thomsen has taken in the past three years. It shows the interplay between man and nature.
Thomsen mainly focuses on the construction of a new district in the area, which to him is descriptive of the situation in Icelandic society and the extensive urban development that has taken place in the capital region in the past years.
A new neighborhood is claiming territory next to a recreational area which is under natural preservation.
Since the banking collapse the photo project developed from documenting a neighborhood under construction and its impact on the environment to a half-finished neighborhood, now a symbol of unrealistic plans and disappointment.
From Kurt Dejmo’s collection.
Swedish photographer and visual artist Kurt Dejmo (1919-2009) studied painting in Stockholm and Paris. He later took a liking to photography, which he used extensively in his art creation.
Dejmo visited Iceland twice, in 1955 and in 1961, which resulted in almost 2,000 photographs, some of which he donated to the National Museum of Iceland.
The untamed nature intrigued him as well as man’s tracks in nature, like electric lines and roads, which to him formed a pattern creating a contrast to other patterns in nature.