To celebrate the United States serving as chair of the Arctic Council from 2015-2017, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. is opening its exhibition “Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed” to uncover the beauty of Iceland’s dramatic landscapes. The exhibition features 41 photographs taken by award-winning American photographer and cinematographer, Feodor Pitcairn, and poetry by renowned Icelandic geophysicist and poet, Ari Trausti Gudmundsson. While enjoying the photographs, visitors will simultaneously hear a recording of Gudmundsson’s poetry in Icelandic as well as natural sounds such as bubbling geysers and breaking ice.
“Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed” simulates the dramatic, majestic scenery of Iceland from all angles. It shows how the planet was formed and continues to evolve. Its dramatic lighting, compelling sounds and beautiful photographs make the exhibition memorable and capture the mysterious essence of the country’s natural landscapes.
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“Iceland is a place of startling beauty and incredibly dramatic landscapes,” said Kirk Johnson, the Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History.
“What is happening in the Arctic has repercussions beyond our region. Climate change, shipping, economic development and environmental changes in the Arctic concern us all. As the caretakers of the Arctic, the eight Arctic states have a special role to play and a big responsibility,” said Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Foreign Minister of Iceland.
The free exhibition is open from July 2nd, 2015 until April 2017 (closing date TBA) and is located in the Special Exhibits Hall on the first floor of the museum.