Museum and another museum
Some time ago a friend of mine and I decided to get our heads around Icelandic culture and art. So lately we have been giving museums, shows and theatres the pleasure of our presence.
This weekend we decided to start with an exhibition of Russian history and clothing during the Romanov period. This family ruled Russia for 304 years(1613-1918). Names one should know Peter I/Peter the Great. He was apparently over 2 meters (I think that makes nearly 7 feet tall!) and he and his wife Katarina were very interested in art and collected many paintings from all over Europe. Their palace was pretty amazing as well. Most importantly, Peter build the town St. Petersburg and declared it the capital of Russia through his reign. He got a French architect to design it. It is said that St.Petersburg is a very beautiful city with so many different European influences.
Moving on...today we went to see the Kjarval house. Jóhannes S. Kjarval (1885-1972)is one of the most known Icelandic artists. And he is just amazing. He is soo Icelandic and his paintings reflect its people and landscape. He also belived in hidden people, elfs and spirits and in some of his paintings you can see a face in the mountain and the closer and longer you look there is always something hidden.
Can´t wait to discover more of him!
Bored you enough? Here is a little fact about Christmas: Christmas cards!
In december 1843, some guy called Henry Cole, realized that he had forgotten to write Christmas letters to friends and relatives. There was little time left, so he asked his painter-friend if he could draw him some sort of card that expressed the proper sentiments "A merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!" And so they were born and now it is a must. In Iceland you could get Danish and German Christmas cards around 1890. 1905 or so Icelandic Christmas and New Year cards appeared on the market.
check this link if you wanna see the first Christmas card!