A museum called The Culture House… I am inclined to avoid at all costs. That would have been a mistake. The Culture House in Reykjavik was built between 1906 and 1908 and is protected as an historic building. Designed by Danish architect Johannes Magdahl Nielsen, the interior is pristine and even if the exhibition was not worth seeing, the interior of the building cannot be missed.
The current show, Points of View is a visual history of Iceland. The following are photos of the pieces I loved in the show.
Vulcan by Asgerthur Buadottir, 1986 uses the edge of the weave in a very interesting way. She keeps the edge even and forms an opening that creates vertical lines within the fabric. Asgerthur uses a method called “tenning” in which two colors of wefts are used. This method is frequently seen in Icelandic textiles.
The thing about Iceland is, no matter how great or interesting the art inside, the only place you want to hang out is outside.